Belgian excited by Premier League
Christian Benteke is aiming to become the next big Belgian star in the Premier League after his deadline day move to Aston Villa.
Benteke joined the Villans from Genk for a fee of around £7 million and hopes to get amongst the goals as he starts his Premier League career against Newcastle.
The 21-year-old has become the latest Belgian to make the move to England following in the footsteps of Thomas Vermaelen, Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Eden Hazard.
The front man made 37 appearances with Genk last year, scoring 19 times in the process.
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."
Villa have started poorly this season losing to both West Ham and Everton and manager Paul Lambert is likely to pair his new signing up front alongside England front man Darren Bent.
Lambert said: "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."