Tottenham Hotspur may have at last found their striker now that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has handed in a transfer request and hasn’t traveled with the rest of the Villa squad who are in Germany for pre-season.
Aston Villa have confirmed that the transfer request has been received.
“In response to reports that Christian Benteke has not travelled to Germany with the club and has made a transfer request, we can confirm that both are accurate.
“For clarity’s sake, however, he had already been given extra time off until July 18 and was reminded that there are three years remaining on his contract, we consider him to be a Villa player and expect that he will be with us for the 2013-14 season.
“Having received his transfer request, we have also informed him that should we receive an offer within an appropriate timeframe during pre-season which meets our valuation we would act upon it. But he will remain a Villa player should this not happen.”
The ball is now definitely in Tottenham Hotspur’s court, as well as any other club who may be interested in lodging a bid. Chelsea are rumored to be interested. But any major Premier League side would gladly make room in their squad for the Belgian striker after he scored 19 league goals last season.
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