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Sherwood keen to keep Benteke at Aston Villa

Christian Benteke has found some form under Tim Sherwood. Credit: PA

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood wants star striker Christian Benteke to stay with the west Midlands clubs.

The Belgian has become prolific once again under his new manager, which has attracted interest from other clubs.

I haven't heard anything about that, but it's good news that people are talking about Christian again because he's scoring goals and if he's scoring goals for us, we're happy.

I've no idea what he'd cost, because I don't want to sell him. It would have to be a lot of money for anyone to take him from us.

He'd be too expensive for a great deal of clubs in the Premier League. But we're not looking to sell our assets and he's certainly one of those.

If a player doesn't want to play for the club anymore and the club he wants to go to meet the valuation then I think it's always best to let them go.

– Tim Sherwood

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Aston Villa and Reading charged for crowd trouble

Villa fans invade the pitch after beating rivals West Brom in the quarter-finals. Credit: PA

Aston Villa and Reading have been charged in relation to crowd disturbances occurring after their FA Cup quarter-final matches, the Football Association has announced.

It is alleged that Villa and Reading failed to prevent spectators encroaching on the pitch following the clubs' sixth-round victories against West Brom and Bradford respectively.

Both clubs have until Thursday to respond to the charge.

Ron Vlaar delivers blow to Arsenal and Man United

Arsenal and Man United target Ron Vlaar has revealed he could yet sign a new deal with Aston Villa this summer.

That is one happy face. Credit: PA

The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and was expected to quit the club, with talks on hold until they seal survival in the Premier League.

But after helping Villa to the FA Cup final against Arsenal after Sunday's 2-1 win over Liverpool, Vlaar insisted it is possible he could extend his stay.

"Yes it is," said the 30-year-old, who signed from Feyenoord in 2012. "Things have changed for me in the past few months since Sherwood took over.

"It's been a hard season for me with all the injuries. Now I just want to play and be important for the team. This helps - you can trust me on that.

"I don't know about my future but to be part of this feels so good. To feel the joy and relief after the West Brom game (the quarter-final). So many people came on the pitch.

"The impact for the fans; how big this club is and what it all means - I called my dad and said 'This really means something'. It's great. Everything helps."

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