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Benteke requests transfer

Christian Benteke has asked to leave Aston Villa, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The Belgian, whose goals were crucial to keeping the club in the Premier League last season, is expected to move to Tottenham.

"While we're hugely disappointed that Christian has put in a transfer request, it's important that people appreciate we are trying to build something strong and vibrant here at the club, something this club demands and stands for, and we want Christian to be part of that," said manager Paul Lambert.

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