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Benteke Asks to Leave Villa

Aston Villa on Tuesday confirmed that striker Christian Benteke has handed in a transfer request, putting the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham on alert, the Guardian says. The 22-year-old netted 19 goals last season, following his $10 million arrival from Genk. The Birmingham club remains hopeful that the Belgium international will choose to stay at Villa Park next season.

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