Benitez rules out Benayoun exit

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Rafael Benitez wants Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun to stay with Liverpool until the end of his contract.

Benayoun has been quoted, while away on international duty this week, as admitting he is unsettled because of his lack of opportunities this season.

But the Reds boss insists he has no intention of letting the midfielder go saying: "If he stays here until the end of his contract I will be very pleased. We want Yossi here."

Benitez has dismissed claims that both Benayoun and defender Martin Skrtel, out following a knee operation, are unhappy at Anfield.

He added: "If you are asked whether you want to play more, then obviously you say yes. If you are asked if you are unhappy not playing, then you say yes.

"Then if you are asked that if a bid comes in and you are offered lots more money, you will probably say you'd be interested.

"But I have been speaking to Yossi and he is happy here. He is a player I like, he can change games. He scores goals and he has a lot of assists.

He added: "But if he does not want to stay here, okay, we will find a solution to the problem. But now he is okay and ready for playing. I will not want to see any offer for him."

"The same applies to Martin Skrtel. Some things have been said about him wanting to go, but he has been very clear by saying he wants to stay.

"He is concentrating on his rehabilitation from his knee injury and he could play before Christmas. When he arrived here not many people knew about him, but he has shown what a good player he is. He has the quality, strength and mentality to perform well in the Premier League. He is still young, he is happy here and he will be an important player for us in the future, too."

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