Transfer news: Christian Benteke says he is very happy to play at Aston Villa
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke appears ready to commit his future to the club after declaring himself "very happy".
Last Updated: 09/05/13 11:55am
The 22-year-old Belgium international has enjoyed an impressive first season with Villa after moving from Genk for £7m last summer.
He has scored 22 goals, including 18 in the Premier League, and that has led to speculation linking him with a big-money transfer.
However, Benteke told the Birmingham Mail: "I am very happy to play at Aston Villa.
"I try to enjoy doing my job. When I come to the training ground I try to keep smiling because some people in their life have some hard jobs so we have to enjoy our jobs. That's why I try to be positive all of the time.
"When I came the fans gave me a lot of respect and I try to give it to them back on the pitch."
Benteke was named the players' young player of the season at Villa's annual awards dinner on Tuesday evening.
He said: "I am very proud to get this trophy but I would like to say thank you to my team-mates and to the supporters. The supporters are with us all the way and I'm very proud.
"I think Paul Lambert is a very good manager. We have a young squad and he is always behind us. For a young team like us it is very important to have a trainer that is behind us."