Wednesday media watch [01.05.13 AM]: Benteke in the spotlight
Guardian: Aston Villa are determined to keep hold of Christian Benteke and have no intention of crashing in on their prize asset, who scored 22 goals this season to emerge as one of the most coveted young players in Europe. Tottenham Hotspur have been watching Benteke for some time while Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have all monitored the forward's progress.
The Sun: Christian Benteke is head and shoulders above every other target man in Europe. That is the view of his Aston Villa team-mates after the 6ft 3in striker destroyed Sunderland in Monday's 6-1 rout.
Daily Star: Aston Villa's Fabian Delph says they have unleashed a footballing Frankenstein's monster into the relegation shake-up. Villa striker Christian Benteke is proving a giant hit and there's not much anyone can do about it.
Mirror: Fabian Delph reckons Premier League survival is within Aston Villa's grasp now "monster" Christian Benteke has defenders running scared. The red-hot hitman added to his reputation with a stunning 17-minute hat-trick in the 6-1 destruction of Sunderland, including a towering header and a left-foot finish.
Daily Express: Aston Villa believe the player they call 'The Monster' can shoot them to Premier League safety. Christian Benteke's hat-trick in Monday's 6-1 win stunned Sunderland and made Villa favourites to beat the drop.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa will look to repel any bids for Christian Benteke this summer and push through a bumper new contract for their prize asset. Villa manager Paul Lambert has approached owner Randy Lerner with a proposal to add an extra year to the 22-year-old striker's deal and the American billionaire looks set to rubber-stamp it.
Times: Fabian Delph believes that Christian Benteke will stay at Aston Villa next season and become the man to help the club's "crèche" of talented youngsters to grow up. Benteke's hat-trick led Villa to a 6-1 thrashing of Sunderland on Monday that lifted them five points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and the team's leading scorer to 22 goals in his first season in England.
Daily Telegraph: Aston Villa will resist any bids for Christian Benteke this summer and are ready to offer the Belgium international a new contract after a stunning breakthrough season.
*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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