Benteke 'very happy' at Villa

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke appears ready to commit his future to the Premier League club.

Last Updated: 09/05/13 at 11:28 Post Comment

Christian Benteke: Striker very happy at Aston Villa

Christian Benteke: Striker very happy at Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke appears ready to commit his future to the Premier League club.

The 22-year-old Belgium international has enjoyed an impressive first season with Villa after moving from Genk for £7million last summer.

He has scored 22 goals, including 18 in the Premier League, and that has led to speculation linking him with a big-money transfer.

However, Benteke told the Birmingham Mail: "I am very happy to play at Aston Villa.

"I try to enjoy doing my job. When I come to the training ground I try to keep smiling because some people in their life have some hard jobs so we have to enjoy our jobs. That's why I try to be positive all of the time.

"When I came the fans gave me a lot of respect and I try to give it to them back on the pitch."

Benteke was named the players' young player of the season at Villa's annual awards dinner on Tuesday evening.

He said: "I am very proud to get this trophy but I would like to say thank you to my team-mates and to the supporters. The supporters are with us all the way and I'm very proud.

"I think Paul Lambert is a very good manager. We have a young squad and he is always behind us. For a young team like us it is very important to have a trainer that is behind us."


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