Bring back Yossi, I'll pay his wages

By Simon Griver, June 6, 2014
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Yossi Benayoun (left) made his record-breaking debut against Mexico

Yossi Benayoun (left) made his record-breaking debut against Mexico

Eyal Berkovic wants to bring Yossi Benayoun back to Israel and make him captain of Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Having recently taken over from Ran Ben Shimon, Berkovic has reportedly found a Hapoel supporter - a wealthy businessman who is based in the UK - who will donate $500,000 for Benayoun's salary for season 2014/15.

The club have declined to name the benefactor and, as yet, it is not clear whether the offer has been accepted

But Berkovic said: "I recommend that Benayoun carries on playing abroad, but if he wants to come home we will be happy to have him at Hapoel."

Benayoun, 34, is now a free agent after leaving QPR last month. He also has offers from his two former Israeli clubs, Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Beersheva.

He made a record 95th appearance for Israel as a substitute in the 3-0 friendly defeat in Mexico and was involved in the 4-2 friendly win over Honduras earlier this week.

Benayoun said: "This is a milestone. I intend remaining a part of the national team, which has always been the most important part of my career."

Last updated: 11:36am, June 9 2014