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Benayoun: Rafa to blame for exit

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Yossi Benayoun has singled out Rafael Benitez as the reason he left Liverpool for Premier League rivals Chelsea, accusing the Spaniard of trying to break him and treating him with a lack of respect.

Benayoun, who joined Chelsea for an undisclosed fee on July 2, blames Benitez - who has also left the club for Inter Milan - for his decision to leave Anfield.

He told the News of The World: "I made up my mind to leave a long time ago because of Benitez. He never treated me with the respect I deserved. If I played well, I never felt he gave me credit."

Benayoun added: "When I scored, I still expected to be out of the team the next game.

"And when the fans wanted me to play, Benitez told me he couldn't understand why."

The 30-year-old continued: "There are many examples of him treating me badly.

"Last season, against Fulham and Lyon, the fans booed when I was subbed. They thought I was playing well but Benitez told me he was surprised they booed because I was not good enough.

"It was as if the fans' reaction worked against me. The situation got worse afterwards.

"He tried to destroy my confidence. You can't treat a player like this and expect him to be happy."

"I felt so unhappy but, out of respect to the club, I never spoke out. The players and the people at the top of the club knew how I felt."

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