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Aston Villa ace Christian Benteke reportedly will NOT sign a new deal with the club, opening the door for Chelsea to make the winning bid for the Belgian star.
Sky Sports News reported via Twitter that sources stated Benteke would not be re-signing with Aston Villa despite recent indications he might stay and reports that teams were declining to make serious bids for his £32.5 million release clause.
BREAKING: Sky sources: Benteke will not sign new contract with Aston Villa. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) June 22, 2015
According to the Metro, Chelsea appear to be the favorites to sign Benteke and pair him up with his Belgian national squad teammate Eden Hazard. Last month the Metro reported that the Blues were readying a bid for Benteke, but the talk eased up with Liverpool appearing to have the edge. But that all changed when last week it was revealed that Liverpool would be dropping out of the race due to Aston Villa’s refusal to budge on the release clause.
Benteke recorded 11 goals in his last 10 league games with Aston Villa to help the club escape relegation. He was the Premier League Player of the Month in April and was a huge part of the team’s run to the FA Cup Final.