Christian Benteke poised for Aston Villa exit?

Benteke to abandon Villa?
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Christian Benteke reportedly intends to leave struggling Aston Villa when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has reportedly decided to cut ties with the Midlands club at the end of the season.

The Premier League outfit, who are in danger of being relegated from the top flight, are thought to be holding out for £16m for the frontman when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

It is understood that Benteke has told friends that he intends to leave Villa Park, with Arsenal and Chelsea thought to be keen on securing the 22-year-old's signature, according to the Daily Star.

La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are also believed to be interested in Benteke, who has netted 14 goals in 27 appearances since joining Villa last summer, but the forward is said to be keen on remaining in the Premier League.

Villa's Christian Benteke is congratulated by teammates after opening the scoring against Everton on February 2, 2013
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