Alex has showered praises on new signing, Yossi Benayoun. Alex, 28, has been preparing with the rest of the squad for the campaign ahead without the club’s World Cup 2010 contingent. Despite missing the likes of John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, he has been kept on his toes by the signing from Liverpool.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Alex praised Yossi Benayoun’s impact since being snapped up by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

“He is a good man, he is experienced and I think he will help us this season. We need players of this quality,’ Alex said.

“He is difficult to mark when we do this in training – attackers v defenders – and I have to have more concentration in defence.”