The 33 years old Israeli captain Yossi Benayoun became a free agent after his loan deal with West Ham United concluded and Chelsea decided to release him from the contract he had with the club. Harry Redknapp made a move for the former Arsenal player as he signed with QPR with a contract that expires at the end of the season.
Even though Benayoun and Redknapp started working together only a few weeks ago, they have had nothing but praise with each other.
“Yossi is a good footballer, a top-class player. I think he will be a fantastic addition to the squad. We have got a lot of fixtures coming up over the Christmas period and in the New Year, so we are going to need a good squad of quality players for that.” QPR boss Harry Redknapp told the club website.
“I have been training here for two weeks and now I can’t wait to get involved and help the team,” Benayoun said. The manager was a very big factor for me. He showed me from the beginning that he really wanted me, and he is someone I have always wanted to play for so I am very happy.
Yossi Benayoun has spent his fair share of time playing in the Premier League as he has played for Liverpool, Chelsea, West Ham United and Arsenal. He said that QPR is a club that has a good enough squad to be in the Premier League.
“The squad here is very strong and is definitely good enough for the Premier League. It is where this club should be. There is only one target here to win promotion in May. I want to help the squad with my experience, and I believe in my ability’’. Benayoun stated.
QPR are fighting their way to stay in the top 5 spots of the Championship league, they will need however to finish the season in the first 2 positions if they want to secure a promotion spot that will get them into the Premier League.