Benayoun tweeting gives clue

By Simon Griver, August 18, 2011
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Yossi Benayoun has taken to Twitter after being snubbed by Chelsea boss Andre Villa-Boas.

The Israel star was used as an 89th minute subsitute during last weekend's goalless draw against Stoke as the Blues failed to make a winning start to the new Premier League season.

The former Liverpool man looks set to be surplus to requirements under Villa-Boas and could quit Stamford Bridge after informing his Twitter followers of impending news surrounding his future. "I hope there will be interesting news about my future later in the week," he tweeted on the social network site.

Benayoun told his international team-mates last week that he's viewed as a bit-part player in west London.

I hope there will be interesting news

Several clubs are reportedly interested in the 31-year-old with Tottenham leading the chase, along with Newcastle, Roma, Galatasaray and Panathinaikos.

Chelsea could yet use Benayoun as bait to settle a £27million deal for Spurs Croatian international midfielder Luka Modric.

Benayoun is keen to remain in London, having first arrived in the capital in 2005 after signing for West Ham.

But Spurs are determined to hang on to Modric as they look to battle their way back into the top four and a place in next season's Champions League.

The Israel captain played 61 minutes of last week's 4-3 friendly defeat by the Ivory Coast and was involved in an ugly spat with coach Luis Fernandez after being substituted.

Benayoun threw his captain's armband to the ground in disgust and refused to shake the Frenchman's hand after leaving the pitch.

His behaviour upon being replaced has led some to question whether his unhappy situation at Chelsea has finally taken its toll.

    Last updated: 2:12pm, August 18 2011