Villa sign Christian Benteke

  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 22:56 BST

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Belgium international striker Christian Benteke in a £7million move from Genk.

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The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-year contract after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

Villa had two initial bids rejected for Benteke but finally agreed a fee before the player flew into Birmingham this afternoon.

Benteke also admits he has taken his inspiration from fellow Belgium internationals Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen and Eden Hazard who all play in England.

He said: "It was motivation for me when I went to join up with the national team and saw all the players from the Premier League - Kompany, Vermaelen and Hazard. It made me want to play here.

"But the manager also convinced me this was the perfect move.

"Aston Villa is a very historic football club and my colleagues on international duty have said good things about the football here in England.

"I am looking forward to getting my career started in the Premier League. I am a striker and I can play with my back to the goal. I can also play behind the striker and I am good in the air.

"I know Darren Bent is a great striker and I want to play with him and work hard for the team."

Lambert added: "Christian is only 21 years of age but already he's an established Belgian international and he's had a terrific time at Genk.

"He's something very different to what we have here and that added dimension will enhance the football club.

"A young lad he may be, but he's definitely a handful. He's tall, powerful, he has pace and we'll be stronger with him in the side.

"We're stronger now as a unit and we're trying to build step by step. This is an important step. I believe in the players I have here that they can go and perform."

Benteke also admits he has taken his inspiration from fellow Belgian internationals Vincent Kompany, Thomas Vermaelen and Eden Hazard who all play in England.

He said: "It was motivation for me when I went to join up with the national team and saw all the players from the Premier League - Kompany, Vermaelen and Hazard. It made me want to play here.

"But the manager also convinced me this was the perfect move.

"Aston Villa is a very historic football club and my colleagues on international duty have said good things about the football here in England.

"I am looking forward to getting my career started in the Premier League. I am a striker and I can play with my back to the goal. I can also play behind the striker and I am good in the air.

"I know Darren Bent is a great striker and I want to play with him and work hard for the team."

Lambert added: "Christian is only 21 years of age but already he's an established Belgian international and he's had a terrific time at Genk.

"He's something very different to what we have here and that added dimension will enhance the football club.

"A young lad he may be, but he's definitely a handful. He's tall, powerful, he has pace and we'll be stronger with him in the side.

"We're stronger now as a unit and we're trying to build step by step. This is an important step. I believe in the players I have here that they can go and perform."