Aston Villa striker has signed a new deal until 2017 at Aston Villa after withdrawing his transfer request yesterday, the club have confirmed.

The Belgian was targeted by Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, but has decided to remain at Aston Villa for the foreseeable future.

He was a main component of a Villa side that avoided relegation last season, as he scored 19 goals in his debut Premier League season.

Benteke joined Aston Villa from Belgian side Genk for an estimated £7 million last summer.

The stiker, who was born in Zaire, still had three years left on his original contract, but has signed this new and improved contract to fend off interest from some of Europe's elite.

Benteke arrived for pre-season training on Friday having been threatened with a fine should he would not turn up as required.

And not only did the 22-year-old turn up, he has performed a dramatic U-turn and shunned interest from Spurs to stay at Villa Park.

He handed in a transfer request on the July 8, which alerted some big clubs. But Villa were adamant they would not let their prized asset leave, and their stubborn approach has paid off, with Benteke committing his long-term future to the club.


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