Benayoun back at Chelsea after West Ham end loan deal

Yossi Benayoun has returned to Chelsea after West Ham United terminated the Israel international’s loan spell at Upton Park, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Benayoun was signed by the Hammers on a season-long loan deal in August but in an injury hit second spell with the club has managed only four starts and two further substitute appearances, the last of which came in mid-November in a 1-0 away win at Newcastle United. Benayoun played 52 minutes before he was replaced by Gary O’Neil.

The 32-year-old originally joined West Ham from Racing Santander in July 2005, spending two years in East London before a move to Liverpool. Benayoun played 72 times in his first tenure at the Boleyn Ground, scoring eight goals, and made more than 130 appearances for Liverpool, getting on the score sheet on 29 occasions.

A move to Chelsea followed but Benayoun was unable to earn a regular place at Stamford Bridge, playing only 11 games thus far after suffering a series of injuries. Benayoun also spent last season on loan at Arsenal.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said: “Had he played a bit more than he has, we’d have been only too delighted to continue the loan but because of the lack of contribution he’s gone back to Chelsea.

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