Christian Benteke was delighted and humbled when he was told that 70% of shirts sold in the Villa Stores had 'Benteke 20' on the back of them.
When asked the question for an interview on the Official Site Benteke's eyes lit up, he checked he had understood correctly, took a deep breath and responded thusly:
'Wow! I didn't know that, that is incredible. I am really, really proud of that! It means a lot to know I have made a good impression with the fans.'
Benteke then explains that he feels like he has a good relationship with the fans, and he was delighted with how quickly we made him feel at home after his move.
When told the matchday text commentary was riddled with the phrase 'Unbelievable Bentekkers' he admitted he was slightly lost for words:
'I am lost for words, it's nice to know that sort of thing. It's motivating having thousands watching you and cheering you on at the game, but it's even more of a push to know fans online, following from all corners of the world, are willing you to do well. I will remember that!'
Okay it's a total fluff piece, but it would've been strange for Benteke, especially at his age, moving countries, let alone clubs, so it's nice to know that it means something to him with how fans have reacted.
Over the years we've had enough players who couldn't care less, and interviews have been generally scripted for them to say all the right things without much sincerity, but certain comments in this interview seem very sincere and long may it continue!
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Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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