Posted: Friday July 19, 2013 1:14 PM

Aston Villa striker Benteke pens new deal to 2017

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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -Aston Villa says that striker Christian Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and signed a contract extension through to 2017.

Benteke submitted a written request last week amid reported interest from Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea.

However, Villa says Benteke penned a new deal Friday.

The 22-year-old says "I spoke with the manager when I returned to training and we had a good talk. I am very happy to ... sign a new contract.''

Benteke scored 19 goals for Villa last season after signing from Genk. The Belgium forward went on strike to force a move to the Premier League.
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