Benteke to sign new Aston Villa contract if Premier League status is preserved

Christian Benteke will stay at Aston Villa and sign a new contract with the club if they preserve their Premier League status, the Daily Mail has reported.

The newspaper adds that Benteke is to begin speaking with Villa about a new deal that would see him double his weekly wage after an impressive debut season in English football – the Belgium international has 19 goals in all competitions following a £7m move from Genk last summer.

Benteke currently takes home £20,000 but would see that double should he agree fresh terms under Paul Lambert, with the striker understood to have told the manager he does want to remain in the Midlands, where he feels the chance to play regularly – something they may not be guaranteed should he switch clubs – will help his chances of representing Belgium at next year’s World Cup.

Villa are currently 16th in the table, having on Saturday recorded a vital 3-1 away win at Stoke City. Benteke scored the game-clinching third goal, following a spectacular strike from defender Matthew Lowton to put Villa back in front – Gabriel Agbonlahor opened the scoring, only for Michael Kightly to equalise with 10 minutes to play.

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