May 31, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT
Headed out the door at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun has made it clear he wishes to play in the United States as soon as possible.
“I finish my contract on 30th June” Benayoun told Sky Sports. “At the moment I’m in talks with several European teams. I’m checking my options but, to tell you the truth, America is one of my favourite options. I’m trying to do everything I can to come to America and play in the MLS, and hopefully it works out in the next few weeks.”
The Israeli international said he was very close to signing a deal with the New York Red Bulls last summer, but now he’s “checking his options” says agent Ronen Katzav.
Katzav says the idea to come to Major League Soccer stems from Benayoun’s desire for a new challenge. “We also have options in Europe – Spain, Germany and, of course, England a few clubs, top leagues” Katzav said. “But we’re trying to change a little bit the mentality of life a little bit from Europe. You know when you are a football player, one of the things is to test. To test things and maybe to change some things to another country, another mentality, another way of life and another football.”
New York have been on the lookout for a fit to be their third Designated Player – a slot which lies empty at the moment. Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh quieted talks of a move for Kaka or Eric Abidal, but it appears Benayoun would be willing to make the switch.
- MLS Atlanta urges David Beckham, Miami to share stadium with Dolphins 2
- Reality check: Outclassed by Real Madrid, what now for Liverpool? 0
- After winless October, USA drop out of top 20 in latest FIFA rankings 2
- PST’s MLS Rookie of the Year: Shipp, Hagglund, Akindele or Birnbaum? 0
- It’s official: World No. 3 Colombia to face USMNT in London on Nov. 14 0
- VIDEO: Top 10 goals of the MLS season (heading into the final weekend) 2