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Thursday media watch [18.07.13 PM]: Reaction to Clark new deal
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18th Jul 2013
Thursday media watch [18.07.13 PM]: Reaction to Clark new deal


*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.

Express and Star: Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark today signed a new three-year deal with the Premier League club. The Republic of Ireland international, who has been captain at both club youth and first-team level, has been rewarded for his rise through the ranks.

Goal.com: Christian Benteke has returned to pre-season training with Aston Villa as he continues to push for a transfer away from the club. The 22-year-old submitted a written transfer request last week and Villa are locked in talks with Tottenham over a deal for the Belgian striker.

Setanta Sports: Christian Benteke reported for pre-season training with Aston Villa on Thursday amid speculation about his future at the club. Benteke proved a revelation for Villa in his first season as he scored 19 Premier League goals to help Paul Lambert's side beat the drop, but he is seeking a move away from Villa Park.

ESPN: Wantaway striker Christian Benteke reported back for training with Aston Villa on Thursday, amid speculation regarding his future. Villa confirmed last week that Benteke has asked for a transfer after his 19 Premier League goals last season helped the club avoid relegation.

Goal.com: Ciaran Clark has committed his future to Aston Villa by signing a new three-year contract with the club. The defender established himself as a regular in the Villa starting line-up last season and has now been rewarded by boss Paul Lambert.

ClubCall: Ciaran Clark 'can't wait to get started' this season after signing a new three-year contract to keep him at Aston Villa until 2016. The 23-year-old defender, who has been at the club since a youngster, cemented his place in Villa boss Paul Lambert's plans last season, making 27 Premier League appearances as the side ended the campaign on a high note to pull clear of the relegation places.

Sky Sports: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has reported for training at the club's Bodymoor Heath base as his future at the club remains in doubt. The Belgium international put in a transfer request last week and has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

BBC Sport: Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has agreed a new three-year contract to keep him at Villa Park until 2016. The 23-year-old centre-back has scored seven goals in 79 appearances in all competitions since coming through the club's youth academy.

ESPN: Aston Villa have continued their busy summer of forward-planning by agreeing a new three-year contract with Ciaran Clark. The Republic of Ireland international defender, who had his first taste of first-team captaincy with the club last season, has signed a deal that will run until the summer of 2016.

*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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