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Report: Benteke offered a two-year contract by Palace

Muhammad Nisar

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has been offered a new two-year contract to remain at Selhurst Park.

According to Het Laatste Nieuws, the centre-forward’s form towards the end of this season had more than proven his worth to the management. The report comes with the Belgium international out of contract at the end of June and seemingly on his way out.

Benteke scored six goals in the remaining 11 Premier League games of the season, including in each of the last four games of the campaign. He finished off with 11 goals across his 33 appearances in all competitions.

Reports over the last few months have claimed the ace was on his way to Turkey. Fanatik claimed that the striker could seal a move to Fenerbahce before the start of Euro 2020.

Benteke was selected by Roberto Martinez as part of Belgium’s 26-man squad for the continental competition.

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Well deserved: New contract sign of Benteke’s form with Crystal Palace

Whilst the fantastic Benteke may have endured a slow start to life in SE25, he seemed to have finally arrived towards the back end of this season.

His form warranted a new contract and with Michy Batshuayi due to return to Chelsea this summer and no realistic replacements available, a new deal is the smart move by the club.

The recent Coronavirus pandemic has made it much more difficult to complete signings with finances hamstrung across football. It makes any big-money moves incredibly unlikely, making sense of the star’s new contract offer.

Palace having offered Benteke a new contract is a sign of how little business they expect to do this summer in forward areas. The lack of options in the market are worrying and it would prove dreadful if they were to let the in-form forward leave without a viable replacement

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