Benayoun returns to Maccabi Haifa

The 34-year-old midfielder, who played for a number of Premier League clubs during his nine-year stay in England, departs Loftus Road after an unsuccessful spell

Israel captain Yossi Benayoun has walked away from English football and signed for former club Maccabi Haifa.

The 34-year-old midfielder has signed a two-year deal with the side he played for between 1998 and 2002.

Benayoun moved to England in 2005 to sign for West Ham and had subsequent spells at Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and QPR.

He was not a regular in QPR’s promotion-winning campaign in the Championship last term though, making just 17 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals.

“[I am] happy to come back and wear the green shirt,” Benayoun told Maccabi’s official website.

“[I] believe that along with the professional staff, the players and management, [we] can reconstruct the great days of Maccabi Haifa.”

Maccabi Haifa finished a disappointing fifth in Israel’s top-flight last season.

Monaco sign France U20 keeper Paul Nardi

The Ligue 1 club have acquired one of the most highly-rated youngsters in France for a reported €3 million but will allow him to remain at the Stade Marcel Picot for another year

Monaco have completed the signing of France U-20 goalkeeper Paul Nardi from Nancy on a five-year contract.

The Ligue 1 club announced the transfer of the highly-rated 20-year-old on their official website on Friday for a fee thought to be in the region of €3million.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev praised Nardi – who was recently voted the best goalkeeper of the Toulon Festival of Football – and confirmed that the stopper would be sent back to Nancy next season.

“Paul Nardi is one of the great hopes of French football. He enters our strategy to build with a long-term vision, we are delighted he has selected our project as we faced competition from other European clubs,” Vasilyev said.

“To allow him to continue his progression, Paul will be loaned [back] to Nancy next season.”

Nardi has come through the youth ranks at the Stade Marcel Picot and established himself as a first-team regular, starting 33 games for the Ligue 2 club last term.

With his side narrowly missing out on promotion into France’s top flight last season, Nardi admitted he felt privileged to be taken on by Monaco.

“I am very happy to join this great club that has a great vision for the future. I am honoured and impressed to be part of Monaco today,” Nardi said.

Nardi’s signing comes just a day after Monaco unveiled Leonardo Jardim as their new head coach on a two-year deal.

Insigne honoured by Arsenal link, says agent

The Italy international’s representative admits Napoli would not be willing to sell the forward as they view him as a key player for the future

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent claims the Napoli forward is “honoured” to be linked with Arsenal but admits a move to Arsene Wenger’s side this summer will be difficult.

The 23-year-old scored three goals in 36 Serie A appearances this season and is in Italy’s 23-man World Cup squad.

Insigne has a contract with Napoli until 2018 and the player’s representative admits reaching a deal is unlikely unless the Serie A club no longer view him as a “key player”.

“We take into account the praising reports that Wenger has given about the player,” Antonio Ottaiano told Tuttomercatoweb.

“We are honoured that a club like Arsenal could have Lorenzo on their wish list. However, from here to take it to the next level, that is a possible transfer, there is a huge mountain in between named Napoli.

“The club consider him without a shadow of a doubt as one of their key players for their ambitious project.

“Hence, as of today, I don’t see that there can be any further developments unless Arsenal speak to Napoli directly and Napoli change their view on Lorenzo’s role here.”

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Chelsea's Hazard rules out Paris Saint-Germain move

Last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year has stated that his chances of joining the Ligue 1 champions are over, and that he is happy to remain at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea starlet Eden Hazard has stated that he won’t be joining Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The attacking midfielder, who played in France with Lille before switching to Stamford Bridge, is reportedly a target for the Ligue 1 champions.

When asked by L’Equipe if he likes being handed the number 10 shirt at Chelsea, Hazard replied: “Yes, I have always appreciated it.

“It’s a nod of approval and it’s nice. It’s my favourite number, which I wore in Lille, then with the national team – it is the number of one of my idols, [Zinedine] Zidane.”

Asked if he knew who PSG’s number 10 is, the Belgian said: “I don’t know. The place is not free. So I cannot go.”

The 23-year-old has been involved in a number of regularly exchanged differences of opinion with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese’s return to England – specifically on Hazard’s defensive work rate and the team’s tactics.

However, last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year insists he wants to remain at the club, adding his desire to focus on his country’s World Cup campaign.

“For the moment, I just want to focus on the World Cup. For the moment I have a contract with Chelsea and I don’t want to leave the club,” he told reporters.

Hazard played 35 times for Chelsea in the Premier League last season, scoring 14 times, while netting three more in the Champions League and the Super Cup.