Benteke signed new contract so Palace are compensated if he leaves

Christian Benteke (photo: Richard Blaxall)

Striker Christian Benteke has spoken about his decision to sign a new contract at Crystal Palace.

Benteke was due to leave on a free at the end of the season but he recently signed an extra year’s extension.

The Belgian international admits he agreed the fresh deal so the club won’t lose out on a transfer fee out of loyalty to them.

“I don’t want to leave. And just go somewhere and leave my family in London, I don’t want to. I am 28 years old; I want stability. I’m not going to leave to play one year somewhere,” he said to Het Nieuwsblad.

“I talked about it with the board. We were on the same page, as they say in English. They have invested a lot in me and wanted to be able to recover something from that amount.

“And I didn’t want to leave as a thief because I was free in January. I have loved football since I was a kid and I have always been someone who is honest and correct. I wanted to give the club the chance to recover part of the investment if I left.”

Benteke has endured a nightmare stint with the Eagles after scoring just four times in the last two years.

The former Liverpool star is aiming to get back in the side over the busy festive period and fire his first goals of the season.

“A very busy period will soon begin. There will certainly be chances of playing during Christmas and the festive season,” he said.

“Everything then depends on me. But I am not the one who calculates: ‘I am going to score 10 goals and at the end of the season I will leave’. I just try to make the best of it on the pitch when I play.”

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