Yossi Benayoun leaves Liverpool for Chelsea

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Chelsea have snapped up Israel international Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £5 million.

The 30-year-old, who is a proven Premier League performer who possesses the skill to unlock defences, has penned a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Benayoun admitted towards the end of last season that his future was far from certain and speculation has steadily been mounting over a move to West London.

"I am very excited to come to a club like Chelsea, it is a big club and I think it is a dream for every player," he told the club's official website.

"Hopefully we will be successful."

Chelsea manafer Carlo Ancelotti added: "We are happy to have this new player.

"Yossi has a lot of quality in midfield and can play in lots of positions. I like his behaviour on the pitch and he will do a great job for us next season."

Benayoun becomes Ancelotti's first acquisition of the summer, and will link up with his new team-mates at Cobham for the beginning of pre-season on Monday.

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