Crystal Palace have confirmed that Christian Benteke has signed a new contract with the club.
The 30-year-old striker arrived to Selhurst Park from Liverpool in 2016 for a club-record fee at the time, and has gone on to score 82 goals in 255 appearances for the Eagles. Ten of those goals came in the 2020-21 Premier League campaign, and his form has been deemed good enough for Belgium coach Roberto Martinez who has named him in the 26-man squad for the upcoming European Championship.
Big changes are expected at Palace this summer, with manager Roy Hodgson already gone and a large number of players reaching the end of their contracts. However, Benteke will still be there, having extended his own deal by two years.
“I’m happy and proud to commit my future to Crystal Palace. Five years already and still a lot more to come,” he said.
Club chairman Steve Parish recognized Benteke’s contribution in Palace establishing themselves as a stable Premier League team, and described him as an ‘outstanding professional’ who still has a lot to give at the highest level.
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