Friday media watch [19.07.13 AM]: Striker back in training
Birmingham Mail: Christian Benteke has pledged to train hard and give his all for Villa despite the uncertainty surrounding his future with the club. Benteke returned to Bodymoor Heath on time yesterday after being given extended leave following his transfer request.
Birmingham Mail: Ciaran Clark has signed a new three-year deal at Villa and has set his sights on re-establishing himself as a first team regular. Clark started last season in the first XI but injuries and inconsistency cost him his central defensive place towards the end.
The Sun: Christian Benteke avoided a £20,000 fine after reporting back on time for Aston Villa training yesterday. The striker, 22, who was given an extended summer break, wants to move to Tottenham - but the London club have yet to meet the £25million asking price.
Daily Star: Wantaway striker Christian Benteke is back in the fold at Aston Villa. The 25m-rated Belgian striker, 22, is desperate to leave after slapping in a transfer request.
Guardian: Aston Villa are close to agreeing a contract with Matthew Lowton, who has been rewarded with an improved long-term deal after impressing in his first season at the club. The right-back will follow in the footsteps of Brad Guzan, Ciaran Clark, Andi Weimann, Nathan Baker and Ashley Westwood, all of whom this summer have committed their future to Villa.
Daily Telegraph: Christian Benteke has returned for pre-season training at Aston Villa and defender Matthew Lowton is poised to agree a new contract. Benteke trained with Paul Lambert's first team on Thursday for the first time since handing in a transfer request to quell any fears that he could go on strike.
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