Friday, 16 July 2010
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Chelsea defender Alex has been impressed with new boy Yossi Benayoun in pre-season training and is convinced "he will help" the club retain the Premier League title.
Alex, 28, has been preparing with the rest of the squad for the campaign ahead without the club's World Cup 2010 contingent. Despite missing the likes of John Terry, Ricardo Carvalho, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, he has been kept on his toes by the signing from Liverpool.
Speaking to the club's official website, Alex praised the Israeli international's impact since being snapped up by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
"He is a good man, he is experienced and I think he will help us this season. We need players of this quality,' Alex said.
"He is difficult to mark when we do this in training - attackers v defenders - and I have to have more concentration in defence."
The former PSV Eindhoven stopper also wished Juliano Beletti the best for the future after he joined Fluminense on a free transfer.
He added: "I tried to call him when I saw the news two days ago. Fluminense is a big club in Rio de Janeiro with the best manager in Brazil.
"I hope Juliano does a good job there and wins the championship in Brazil."
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