After an impressive debut season in the Premier League, which resulted in 19 league goals and noticeable attention from top four clubs, it seems the Christian Benteke transfer saga is over for this year.
After weeks of rumours, the Belgian finally signed a four-year contract extension, putting many Aston Villa fans' minds to rest - at least for now.
This transfer saga was of Benteke's own doing, after handing in a transfer request at the beginning of this crucial summer period.
An impressive first season led to clubs such as Arsenal and Tottenham showing interest in him, which for any footballer is extremely intriguing.
The moment that this transfer seemed to stop dead was the moment Aston Villa released an asking price for Benteke which, according to Paul Lambert, was over £25 million.
Now there's no denying Benteke's ability - his mixture of speed and power caused problems for defenders all over the league last season - and alongside his aerial threat and finishing ability, this made him one of the most deadly strikers in the league.
But unfortunately the large price tag was too much for even the wealthiest of clubs, meaning for now, Benteke is staying at Villa Park.
The real question will be whether Benteke can carry this form over to the 2013/14 season. If so, the Villains will have a significant amount of interest next summer, where I'm sure more than just a few clubs will be interested in him.
If not, then the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal will feel they've dodged a bullet, but only time will tell whether or not the Villa forward is worth all of the £25 million quoted.
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