Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will be staying at the club next season after agreeing a new and improved four-year contract, the club have confirmed.

There had been intense speculation that the Belgian international would be leaving Villa this summer having handed in a transfer request, with Tottenham and Chelsea known admirers of the powerful frontman.

This contract agreement is a massive statement from Aston Villa, as it shows that Paul Lambert's side have the ability and financial power to fend off some of England's biggest clubs and keep their most prized assets.

Benteke joined Villa last August for £7 million, scoring 19 goals in 34 league games in a debut campaign which merited interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Whether Benteke made the right decision by signing this new contract remains to be seen, but it certainly says something about Villa's intentions for this upcoming season, and the Villa Park faithful will no doubt be delighted with this latest development.


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