Wednesday media watch [10.04.13 AM]: Benteke in the spotlight
Birmingham Mail: The NextGen Series trophy will take pride of place in the Academy block at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground. But it is glittering first-team careers rather than shimmering youth team silverware that truly motivates those striving inside the club's famed football factory.
Birmingham Mail: Villa's academy chiefs have emphasised the importance of continuing to scour Birmingham and the Black Country for talent despite youth recruitment becoming a "global game". Premier League clubs, including the claret and blues, cast their net across the UK and Ireland and to Europe and beyond looking for potential future stars.
Mirror: Aston Villa's contract negotiations with Christian Benteke are on hold. Benteke, 22, has Spurs and Manchester City chasing him but Villa are determined to keep their man.
The Sun: Aston Villa will shelve deal talks with Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann while they fight for Premier League safety. Benteke, 22, has three years on his deal but is set to be offered better terms and an extra year.
Daily Star: Man of the moment Matt Lowton says Aston Villa's brat pack have shown they're tough enough to cut it with the big boys. Lowton's 30-yard screamer against Stoke on Saturday showed how far Paul Lambert's side - average age 23 - had come and after three wins in four games, the full-back reckons confidence could not be higher.
Daily Telegraph: Aston Villa have told Christian Benteke that talks over a new contract will begin when Paul Lambert secures Premier League survival.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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