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Christian Benteke withdraws transfer request, pens new deal

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22-year-old striker Christian Benteke scored 19 goals for Aston Villa last season.

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- Aston Villa says that striker Christian Benteke has withdrawn his transfer request and signed a contract extension through to 2017.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