HIGHLY-RATED Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has handed in a transfer request, however the Midlands club are still hopeful of keeping the want-away striker at Villa Park next season.
The Belgian, who hit 19 Premier League goals last term following his £7m move from Genk, has attracted interest from Chelsea and Spurs.
Benteke did not travel with his team-mates on their pre-season tour to Germany, though a club statement confirmed this had previously been approved and he is still considered a key member of Paul Lambert’s squad.
The statement read. “We consider him to be a Villa player and expect that he will be with us for the 2013-14 season.”