Aston Villa transfers: ‘Benteke could be a great Atletico signing’

Aston Villa transfers: Thibaut Courtois believes his compatriot Christian Benteke could be a great signing for Atletico Madrid

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Paul Lambert signed Christian Benteke for £7m from Genk Photo: Back Page Images

Thibaut Courtois believes Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke could be a “great signing” for Atletico Madrid.

The Villa forward, who joined in a £7m deal from Genk last summer, scored an impressive 19 goals in 34 appearances in his first season in the Premier
League.

Unsurprisingly, Benteke’s form has led to speculation that he could be set for a move away from Villa Park this summer, with Arsenal and Liverpool touted destinations.

Atletico are hunting for a replacement for Radamel Falcao, who joined Monaco last week, and Benteke’s Belgian team-mate Courtois believes the Villa man could be a hit at the Madrid outfit.

“He’s a very strong centre-forward, tall, but with very good technique and skilful with the ball at his feet,” said Courtois.

“I think that he could be a great signing for Atletico. During these days with the national team and I’m going to ask him about his future.”

Benteke has scored six goals in 14 appearances for Belgium and will feature for his national side at the Under-21 European championship this summer.

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