Soccer-Villa’s Benteke withdraws transfer request, signs to 2017 (Reuters)

LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has performed a surprising U-turn and signed a new contract with the club just days after he submitted a transfer request. The Belgium international, a powerhouse centre forward who caught the eye in his debut season in the Premier League with 19 goals, has extended his deal at Villa Park until 2017, the club said on their website (www.avfc.co.uk) on Friday. …

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