Aston Villa latest: Including Benteke future and new contracts

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Christian Benteke has revealed that he is expecting talks over a new contract with Aston Villa. The Belgian forward has been the stand out performer for the club and reports are suggesting the club will reward him and look to stop him moving away with a new deal.

Stiliyan Petrov has sent his thanks to supporters of Aston Villa for the support they have given him throughout his battle against cancer. Petrov has just been forced to retire from the game and has cited the club’s supporters for making his battle and journey against the disease slightly easier.

Aston Villa defenders Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker are reportedly going to be offered new contracts with the club. Both players have been thrust into the Villa first team this season and tasked with the challenge of trying to keep the football club in the division.

Aston Villa are one of the sides being linked with a summer move for Watford striker Matej Vydra. The forward is on loan at the Championship team from Udinese where he has been grabbing attention from several Premier League sides including Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

Ashley Westwood has been voted the club’s player to watch next season via a campaign on Twitter. Villa fans used hash tags to suggest that Westwood would have his breakthrough season with the club next year, now that they are safe from relegation to the Championship.

Darren Bent is keen to settle his future with Aston Villa this summer according to several sources. Bent has rarely featured in the first team this season as he’s been kept out of the starting line up by the impressive form and consistency of Christian Benteke.

Paul Lambert has revealed his delight at the way Yacouba Sylla has settled into life at Villa Park. Several criticised his transfer last January but he has done a tremendous job in a holding role, which has allowed Villa to create a much stronger and stable defensive unit.

Aston Villa are being linked with a cut price deal for Peterborough United forward Dwight Gayle. Gayle has had a dramatic transformation in professional football having been picked up by Dagenham and Redbridge from a non-league side playing in Essex before moving to the Posh.

Former Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has praised the way the side fought to avoid relegation this season. Petrov recently announced his retirement from the game and has said he’s tempted to take up the offer of a coaching role with the club ahead of next season.

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