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Benayoun happy with Blues role

Yossi Benayoun insists he is happy to wait for his first Chelsea start following a hat-trick of substitute appearances for his new club.

Israel midfielder Benayoun, 30, has yet to make his full debut for the Blues after joining them from Liverpool this summer.

But he staked a claim for a starting berth by scoring his first Chelsea goal after coming on in Saturday's 6-0 Premier League drubbing of Wigan.

Benayoun claims his current bit-part role is no different from that he played during his early Liverpool career and he is confident of proving himself at Stamford Bridge, just as he did at Anfield.

He said: "When you come to a big club you need to be patient, there are a lot of quality players, but I just want to prove that I deserve to be here every chance that I get."

Benayoun has played barely an hour of first-team football for his new club and scored just 11 minutes after coming on at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

"It's always a good feeling to get your first goal for a new club, but the most important thing was the win," said Benayoun. "To win 6-0 has lifted the confidence of the team."

Chelsea have enjoyed a perfect start to their defence of the Premier League title, scoring six goals in each of their opening two games.

They have also kept two clean sheets after conceding 10 times in their last four pre-season games.

Meanwhile, Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem are expecting to sign Chelsea youngsters Slobodan Rajkovic and Nemanja Matic on loan. Serbian defender Rajkovic has already had two loan spells in Holland.

Vitesse's new owner, Merab Jordania, claims the pair will join his club before the transfer window closes.