Arsenal, Spurs target Benteke wants Premier League stay

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke wants to remain in the Premier League if he is to leave Villa Park in the summer.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke wants to remain in the Premier League if he is to leave Villa Park in the summer.

The Observer says although several overseas teams, including Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, have watched Benteke, the 22-year-old's preference is to remain in England. Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea are all potential destinations for the striker.

Arsène Wenger followed Benteke's progress in Belgium and the Arsenal manager admitted a few months ago that he was "surprised" the player ended up signing for Villa.

Spurs, meanwhile, have sent scouts to take a closer look at Benteke, whose physical presence has helped him adapt to the Premier League with the minimum of fuss and caught the eye of André Villas-Boas, the Tottenham manager.

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