Israel international striker BEN SAHAR was not even fully seventeen years old when first brought to England by FC Chelsea. Sahar made his Premier League debut for the Blues as a substitute for Holland World Cup winger Arjen Robben in January of 2007, but played just five games in all competitions and scored no goals in three seasons under contract to the London club.
Having spent the past four seasons abroad in three different countries after originally signing for English Premier League powerhouse FC Chelsea, the still just 20-year-old Israel international striker BEN SAHAR will spend this 2010-11 campaign playing for his original youth club.
Defending Israel Premier League champion FC Hapoel Tel Aviv have concluded a deal with Primera Division club RCD Espanyol Barcelona which sends the young forward back home on loan.
FC Hapoel Tel Aviv will pick up Sahar’s salary, reported to be 350,000 Euros, for this season. In addition, the Israeli club have purchased a 10% interest of the young forward’s playing contract from the Spanish side for 100,000 Euros.
RCD Espanyol bought the Israel international from FC Chelsea for 1.0 million Euros in the summer of 2009.
Sahar was originally sold by FC Hapoel Tel Aviv to FC Chelsea for 320,000 English pounds in May of 2006 after a two-month trial.
Competition for a place was severe in London, however, and Sahar spent most of his time on the books of the Blues out on loan.
Israel international (18 caps, 5 goals)
2006-07 – FC Chelsea (Eng) ————————– 3 apps, 0 goals
2007-08 – Queens Park Rangers (Eng.2) ——- 9 apps, 0 goals
2007-08 – Sheffield Wednesday (Eng.2) —– 12 apps, 4 goals
2008-09 – FC Portsmouth (Eng) ——————- 0 apps, 0 goals
2008-09 – VBV De Graafschap (Hol) ———– 16 apps, 5 goals
2009-10 – RCD Espanyol Barcelona (Spa) — 22 apps, 1 goal