Aston Villa latest: Including Norwich team news and Benteke future

All of the latest news, information and rumours coming out of Villa Park.

Aston Villa pair Ciaran Clark and Karim El Ahmadi will both face late fitness tests ahead of the Premier League match against Norwich. Villa go into the game on the back of that fantastic 6-1 win over Sunderland, which has increased the gap from Wigan.

Aston Villa will not accept a bid of £30 million for Christian Benteke. The Daily Star has suggested the club will stand firm and try to keep the striker, despite various reports suggesting there are plenty of clubs interested in signing him on a long term deal.

The agent of Christian Benteke says the striker is 99% certain to stay at Aston Villa ahead of next season. The club are reportedly preparing a new deal for him, which he is likely to sign if a release clause is inserted which could be triggered by a bigger club.

Key Aston Villa players Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann are both to be offered new deals. Their chances of keeping both stars will improve if they stay in the Premier League amidst various reports constantly linking them both with moves away from Villa Park.

Fabian Delph has described striker Christian Benteke as an absolute monster. Delph is a key midfielder for Villa but has piled the praise onto Benteke, suggesting he is the main reason the club will stay up if they fight off relegation down to the Championship.

Delph has also insisted that the younger members of the Aston Villa squad are not feeling the pressure of a relegation dogfight. He says the fire and the passion that the younger players have is enough to overcome the pressure and anxiety created as the season heads towards an end.

Matt Lowton has praised the impact of midfielder Yacouba Sylla and described him as an unsung hero. Lowton has suggested he is arguably the club’s most important midfielder at the moment for the way he cuts off angles and reduces the space the opposition have to play in.

Manager of Aston Villa’s local rivals Steve Clarke, says it would be a bad thing for his club if Aston Villa went down. Clarke suggests it’s better for the clubs in the Midlands to have a strong presence in the Premier League as it creates competition and improves the quality of football in the area.

Former Aston Villa player Dale Belford has been appointed coach of conference side Tamworth. Belford agreed to a player-coach role at the club and has already been busy in the transfer market, lining up various deals for the club to go through in the summer.

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