The 30-year-old midfielder who returned to Israel after nine years abroad at Celtic Glasgow, said: “To return to Israeli football is fun but not to this weather” Bitton, who played in Scotland said with a smile. “I worked beey hard during the entire close season in order to reach this moment. I arrived at a massive club who showed faith in me alm along the way. I am here to pay them back and five everything to this club”.

On his decision to return to Maccabi the tall central defender said: “The club new that my ambition was to keep on playing abroad. As someone who loves stability in life Maccabi showed me all along the way their desire to add me. This was very important for me that the club wishing to sign me will really want me to join. Maccabi showed me that path right from the beginning. I came from a massive club which was competing for titles and now I joined a massive club which is competing for titles”.