Benayoun: I still love Chelsea

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Yossi Benayoun admits he is unsure what the future will hold after his loan spell finishes with Arsenal and he returns to Chelsea.

The 31-year-old Israel international moved to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day last summer following the respective departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Benayoun has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season, scoring four goals, and has more often than not been deployed coming off the bench.

The former Liverpool midfielder will move back to Stamford Bridge at the end of the campaign, and it is unclear whether or not Arsenal have any interest in securing a permanent deal for his services.

It is surely difficult to imagine that Benayoun will have a future at Chelsea, although plenty will depend on the appointment of a new manager in the summer, and the Israeli admits he does not know where his long-term future lies.

“I think it is difficult to speak now about the future," Benayoun told the Evening Standard.

"It is better to concentrate on the five weeks that are left and do my best for the club. I am fully committed to Arsenal and after we will see.

“After June 30, I am going back to Chelsea and then the club and I need to decide. Each one has to think what is best for them.

“I will not lie — I love Chelsea because I have a good relationship there. I didn’t play much because I had a big [Achilles] injury.

“I still have a lot of friends there I talk to every day. Of course I want them to do well but it is difficult.”

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