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Crystal Palace striker Benteke happy with Aston Villa, Spurs interest

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has welcomed interest from former club Aston Villa and Tottenham.

However, he insists he's happy at Selhurst Park.

“I take the interest of both those clubs as recognition," Benteke said. “Here, people are decent: they know you're a good player, that you can bring something extra.

“Everyone goes through complicated moments without it putting their value in doubt.

“In England, all the parameters are taken into consideration, which goes beyond the number of goals scored. The number of aerial duels won is where I'm quite good.

“The pressure I put on the opposition defence, playing with my back to goal, the player's professionalism, how he fits in a system: all that comes into play, starting from the principle that a player's quality doesn't evaporate."

On the links with Villa, and also with Tottenham Hotspur, Benteke reasoned that he had no need to depart south east London.

He added: “Because I needed stability, especially with the kids. Plus, I'm really happy at Crystal Palace."

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