A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Aston Villa today...
A major piece of good news today came in the form of reports of a new deal for Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark.
The centre-back made 29 appearances last season and will be one of Villa’s most senior defenders next season as Ron Vlaar’s exit looms.
The Mirror reports that Villa are keen to secure his future amid interest from local rivals West Bromwich Albion.
Villa fans may have been too hasty in cheering the exit of striking flop Nicklas Helenius after reports today emerged that he had yet to officially sign a permanent deal elsewhere.
The Dane spent last season on loan at Aalborg but will return to Villa on July 1st and is yet to officially end his Premier League nightmare.
In an interview with Nordjyske Stiftstidende, Aalborg sporting director Allan Garde said: “His [loan] contract expires on 1st July, after which he will go back to Aston Villa.
"Until that time, he's training with us. We are still talking with him about a deal and we're also taking him to Norway [for pre-season training].”
In other news, ex-pro and pro-pundit Danny Murphy chipped in with his take on the Benteke saga.
In an interview with talkSPORT, he said that Benteke should stay put for at least another season.
“I would suggest to him stay another year [at Aston Villa], play 35 games, get 20 goals, and then you might get a move to one of the big boys," he said.