Christian Benteke signs new contract with Aston Villa

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This is huge for Villa and will probably ensure more than their survival this coming season. In the second half of 2012-13 season Benteke was one of the best strikers in the Premier League, and would have been an ideal player for almost any of the top six sides in England to bring in. Part of the reasoning behind the new contract on Benteke’s side must have been the lack of any concrete offer, with Villa having set such a high value on his head and the player only having been in the league for one season. With the World Cup next summer Benteke will almost certainly want regular playing time and minimise the risks that a move may have presented. He needs to outshine his countryman and rival for the national team, Romelu Lukaku, who is also coming off a very encouraging season at West Brom, to be the starter in Brazil. Benteke was a lot of fun last season, and he will again be one of the players to watch.

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