Former Hibs player Benji seals German move
Abdessalam Benjelloun has found a new club in Germany after being released by Hibernian.
Former Hibs forward Abdesallam Benjelloun has quickly found a new club after being released by the Edinburgh club. Benji, as he is commonly known, was one of five players released by the Easter Road club last week.
The player has signed a two year deal with German side Greuther Furth, with an option to extend the deal by a further year. Former Moroccan international Rachid Azzuzi is director at football at the Bundesliga II club.
Hibs opted not to renew the player’s deal at Easter Road and he was released along with Yves Ma-Kalambay, Patrick Cregg and Darren McCormack as John Hughes began the revamp of his squad. Benjelloun had been at the club since 2006 and worked under four managers.
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He became a hero after scoring twice in the 2007 Scottish League Cup final against Kilmarnock. However, he was unable to hold down a regular starting position in the Hibs team and finished his career with almost twice as many substitute appearances as starts.
Despite that, Benjelloun had said he was keen to stay at Easter Road and, as his contract ran down, spoke of his affection for the club.
"If Hibs want me to stay, will I be happy to stay? Yes,” he said in April. “I've never wanted to leave Hibs. I am very happy at the club.
"Hibs are in my heart for life. I have never played for a team before and become a fan of that team, apart from now at Hibs. Even if I leave this club I will come back and support the team.”
At his new side, the Moroccan will be trying to win promotion to the Bundesliga and matches against the likes of Bayern Munich, Hamburg and Schalke. However, Greuter Furth finished mid-table this season and will be competing with relegated Hertha Berlin and Bochum amongst others next campaign.