Premiership

Rebuilt: the 6 million dollar man Benayoun

March 3, 2011

Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun is set to resume full training nearly five months after undergoing surgery on a torn Achilles tendon.

The news comes as a welcome boost following Tuesday's 2-1 victory over leaders Manchester United.

Benayoun said: "I'm feeling really good and progressing well. I hope to return to full training with Chelsea within a week or two."

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Midfield general Kayal impresses Ferguson

By Simon Griver, February 17, 2011

Manchester United are reportedly in the process of launching an £8m summer swoop for Celtic's Biram Kayal.

Sir Alex Ferguson travelled to Glasgow to run his eye over Kayal's teammate Emilio Izaguirre in the Old Firm cup tie at Ibrox earlier this month. However, Kayal's tough-tackling performance made an impression on the United manager who has instructed the team's scouts to continue monitoring the former Maccabi Haifa player.

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Ben Haim considers legal bid

By Simon Griver, February 11, 2011

Tal Ben Haim is considering legal action against West Ham United.

The Israel defender claims there was a performance-related clause in his loan contract with the Hammers, which binds the Premier League side to extend his stay there.

A West Ham spokesman dismissed Ben Haim's claims, saying: "As far as the club is concerned Tal Ben Haim is back with Portsmouth and a Portsmouth player."

Ben Haim returned to Fratton Park last week. But Portsmouth, recently out of administration, cannot afford Ben Haim's £37,000 weekly salary.

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Tamir: I'll decide my next move

By Simon Griver, January 6, 2011

Tamir Cohen, the Bolton midfielder, was set to return to England yesterday after completing his compassionate leave following the death of his father, Avi.

Indications are that Cohen would like to carry on with the Trotters, although he has not ruled out a return to Israel.

He said: "I do not yet know what I will be doing. Within the next three weeks I will decide if I am staying in England or returning to Israel to be close to my mother, brother and sister."

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Gai Assulin joins Manchester City

December 16, 2010

A fifth Israeli has joined the Premier League after Manchester City signed Gai Assulin on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Released by Barcelona last summer, Assulin agreed the deal after convincing City officials that he has returned to fitness following a knee injury.

"I heard a lot about City and as soon as I saw the club I wanted to stay," said Assulin.

The attacking midfielder, dubbed the next Lionel Messi, holds the record as the youngest ever player to represent Israel at 16.

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Gai Assulin signs for Manchester City

By Danny Caro, December 14, 2010

Manchester City have signed Israeli teenager Gai Assulin on a two and a half year contract.

Assulin, 19, was released by Barcelona last summer and penned a deal after convincing City officials that he has returned to fitness following a knee injury.

“I heard a lot about City,” said Assulin, “and as soon as I saw the club I wanted to stay.”

The attacking midfielder, dubbed the next Lionel Messi, holds the record as the youngest ever player to represent Israel at 16.

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Benayoun eyes spring comeback

By Simon Griver, December 9, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has made the first small steps towards a comeback following surgery on a torn Achilles.

The Chelsea midfielder is still a long way from fitness after suffering the injury in October.

Benayoun said: "I only recently discarded my crutches and now I am able to walk properly. It will still be some months until I'm playing again. I've started working harder now to strengthen my body so that I will return a stronger and better player."

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Avram 'on for another five years'

By Danny Caro, December 9, 2010

EXCLUSIVE: David Gold, co-owner of West Ham, wants manager Avram Grant to build a legacy at Upton Park.

The Hammers returned to the foot of the table after the 1-0 defeat against Sunderland but Gold says that both he and David Sullivan will give the Israeli time to put things right.

Grant is the bookies' favourite to be the next Premier League manager to get sacked but Gold is keen to keep faith in the former Chelsea boss.

"Historically, David Sullivan and I support our managers. I've employed more than 60 inside and outside football and am pretty good at it.

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Assulin move to Man City in doubt

By Danny Caro and Simon Griver, November 19, 2010

Gai Assulin's hopes of reviving his top-flight career with Manchester City suffered a major setback on Wednesday evening when he was injured in the warm-up ahead of Israel's Under 21 friendly against Belarus in Rishon Lezion.

Assulin, 19, an attacking midfielder, was withdrawn from the starting line-up after twisting the knee on which he had surgery in September. However, he came on as a late substitute and showed a few flashes of brilliance as Israel ran out 2-1 winners.

Prior to the incident, we understand that City were going to make a decision on the Israel wonder kid by Sunday.

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Liverpool give trial to Omri Altman

By Danny Caro, November 2, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team captain Omri Altman will arrive at Liverpool with a huge weight on his shoulders. Invited by manager Roy Hodgson for a week-long trial, he has been compared to Reds captain Steven Gerrard in his native Israel.

Altman's trial comes just as new Liverpool owner John Henry told Hodgson that he must develop young players rather than buy expensive new ones.

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