Cech happy with Yossi deal
Petr Cech is pleased Chelsea have managed to secure the services of midfielder Yossi Benayoun.
Last Updated: 05/07/10 10:58am
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is pleased the club have managed to secure the services of midfielder Yossi Benayoun.
The 30-year-old Israel international moved for a reported £5million from Premier League rivals Liverpool and has joined up with the squad for pre-season training this week.
Benayoun has signed a three-year deal at Stamford Bridge and Cech is looking forward to seeing him in action.
"I think he is a very intelligent player, very technical, different from other types of players we have in the squad," he told Sky Sports News.
"For me he is a very good player so I think he will be very welcome."
Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti opted to sign the Israeli after he decided to release fellow midfielders Michael Ballack and Joe Cole at the end of the campaign.
Cole is a wanted man and speculation surrounding his future is rife, as Tottenham close in on the skilful attacker.
Cech does not believe Benayoun is a direct replacement for Cole, but says there are similarities between the two players.
"Well I was surprised because he's been at Chelsea for many years. I think he's been a great player for us and a great team-mate," he added.
"Yossi's a different player, although he is very technical and has skills like Joe Cole, he has got a different type of movement on the pitch and I think this is maybe what the manager wanted."
On other possible departures out of Chelsea this summer, Cech remarked: "As a player I only hope that if somebody leaves, he will be replaced with a player at least with the same quality or better.
"I think this is important for the group then you know that if someone leaves, their departure will not create any gap between the quality of the last season and the new season."