Christian Benteke has performed an amazing U-turn by signing a contract extension at Aston Villa, just 11 days after telling the midlands club he wanted to leave amid interest from Tottenham, reports The
The 22-year-old had been the subject of much speculation in relation to a move to north London, with Spurs and Arsenal both thought to be keen on landing the player widely regarded as Villa’s shining star last season.
Villa slapped a £25m price tag on the player’s head, and it is understood that valuation was enough for interested clubs to cool their interest in the striker, who netted 23 goals last season.
He has now signed a brand new four year deal to remain at Villa Park until 2017.
It is thought that boss Paul Lambert’s promise of regular first team football ahead of the World Cup next summer was enough to convince the Belgian international to stay put and fight to help Villa improve on last season’s poor campaign.
After joining from Genk in an £8m deal last summer, Benteke’s £20k-per-week wages are thought to be set to rocket under the terms of the new deal, though he is not set to feature in Saturday afternoon’s friendly with Wycombe.
Speaking of the contract extension, and understandably pleased Lambert said: “I had a full and frank discussion with Christian on his return to training this week regarding his future. It is my opinion that the best thing for Christian is to remain at Aston Villa.
“He enjoyed a terrific first season at the club and can use that as a platform to hopefully enjoy more success this season. I’m delighted, having time to re-evaluate his future, Christian has decided to commit to the club.
“It’s a huge bonus and I’m sure the supporters are every bit as delighted as me to have him on board and raring to go.”
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