Christian Benteke perfomed a dramatic u-turn this summer after seemingly on his way out of Aston Villa before signing a contract extension at the club.

The Belgian had attracted interest from a number of clubs this summer, with Spurs looking his most likely destination.

Benteke was in scintillating form last season and helped his team Aston Villa battle relegation by scoring 23 goals in all competitions.

He has even scored more goals (18) than Robin van Persie (17)  in this calender year which shows how important a striker he is for Aston Villa. Benteke had handed in a transfer request earlier in the transfer window in a bid to secure a move away from Villa Park.

But Benteke put end to all the speculation linking him with a move away when he signed a four-year extension with Villa, which was a huge boost for his manager Paul Lambert.

Often the newspaper headlines are filled with Gareth Bale's transfer or Neymar's  move to Barcelona or Luis Suarez's future, but Paul Lambert and Aston Villa fans would have been ecstatic to be able to convince their star to sign a new contract.

In spite of not signing any major players this season, Aston Villa are gelling as a unit with  Benteke as their focal point.

He scored two goals against Arsenal on the opening day helping his team to a 3-1 win and scored a brilliant goal against Chelsea which almost helped them snatch a point before Branislav Ivanovic's late header denied them. 

Having bought Benteke for only for 7 million pounds the previous season, he helped them avoid relegation with a exceptional goal haul. The contract extension this time around with the added Premier League experience will only add more goals for Aston Villa. They definitely look like a top half team this time around.

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