Aston Villa have announced that striker Christian Benteke will remain at the club until 2017. In a u-turn, Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and committed himself to stay at the club. He's how the manager and the player came to the agreement.
Paul Lambert's statement on Benteke...
– Paul Lambert, Aston Villa Manager
"I had a full and frank discussion with Christian Benteke 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."
Benteke's take on his decision to stay at Villa...
– Christian Benteke, Aston Villa striker
"I spoke with the Manager when I returned to training and we had a good talk. I am very happy to be back here in Birmingham and at Aston Villa, and to sign a new contract. This is a great Club and it has given me a lot. Now I have to give back to my teammates and the fans who have always been right behind me. The end of last season was very good and the lads were very strong. It was not easy but we came through it and the confidence is high. So everyone knows what we have to do now - be better. I need to be better than last year."
Aston Villa have confirmed that Christian Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and has agreed a contract extension through to 2017 with the Club.