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Wednesday media watch [01.05.13 PM]: Baggies boss backs Villa
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1st May 2013
Wednesday media watch [01.05.13 PM]: Baggies boss backs Villa


Express and Star: Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph today branded team-mate Christian Benteke an "absolute monster" and insisted the red-hot striker will stay at the club. Delph also reckons the 22-goal Belgian hitman should have won the PFA Young Player of the Year award after missing out to Gareth Bale.

Express and Star: West Brom boss Steve Clarke today admitted he wants Aston Villa to win their survival battle - and hinted he would like Wolves back in the Premier League. The Baggies are certain to end this season as top dogs in the West Midlands for the second year in succession.

Sky Sports: West Brom boss Steve Clarke admits he hopes Midlands rivals Aston Villa avoid relegation from the Premier League. Clarke's side could give their neighbours a helping hand to retain their top-tier status if they beat Wigan on Saturday.

Sporting Life: West Brom manager Steve Clarke hopes rivals Aston Villa survive relegation as he believes it will benefit his side in the long-term. The Baggies could give their near-neighbours a helping hand in their bid to maintain top-fight status if they beat third-bottom Wigan on Saturday.

ESPN: Christian Benteke has been described by one of his team-mates as "an absolute monster" tipped to take his record-breaking season to a glorious conclusion. Midfielder Fabian Delph insists the Belgian has by no means finished the trail of destruction which brought him a hat-trick against Sunderland on Monday, and underlined him as the club's highest ever scorer of Premier League goals in a season.

BBC Sport: Christian Benteke is the big "monster" scaring Aston Villa's Premier League relegation rivals into submission, says his team-mate Fabian Delph. Benteke's hat-trick in Monday night's 6-1 win over Sunderland lifted Villa five points clear of the drop zone.

ClubCall: Aston Villa will reportedly resist all offers for star striker Christian Benteke in the summer, even if a £30million bid is received. Benteke joined Villa from Belgian side Genk last summer in a £7million deal and has been a revelation for the Premier League strugglers with 22 goals to date, including a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Sunderland on Monday.

*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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