Just hour needed for Benteke to withdraw transfer request and pen new Villa deal

It took just an hour for Christian Benteke to withdraw his transfer request and pen new terms with Aston Villa last week.

It took just an hour for Christian Benteke to withdraw his transfer request and pen new terms with Aston Villa last week.

The Daily Mail says Villa had placed a £25million valuation on the head of the forward to ward off interest from Tottenham. Benteke handed in a transfer request on the back of that in the hope of securing a move to White Hart Lane.

When it failed to materialise, an hour-long meeting with Lambert, allied to some quick decision-making and action by owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner, ended with the player making a spectacular U-turn.

Benteke secured a whopping pay rise, lifting his wages beyond the £2.5m-a-year mark as he became the eighth player to earn himself a new deal.

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