Christian Benteke has successfully completed his move to Crystal Palace from Liverpool FC, as confirmed by Liverpool FC’s official website.
The Belgium striker is a club record deal for the club as the deal is understood to be of £27 million, with an extra £5 million in variable clauses. The player has signed a 4 year deal with the London club, trying to replace the void the likes of Bolasie and Jedinak have left after moving away from the club.
Crystal Palace Manager, Alan Pardew is confident that Christian Benteke would be suitable to fill the void and would replace them. Despite not being at his best at Liverpool, the club managed to get most out of the £32.5 million they had paid for achieving his services from Aston Villa.
The manager also believes that the club management has done a commendable job in achieving the services of the player.
He said, according to The Independent– “It’s still subject to personal terms and a medical, but in terms of an agreement with Liverpool, finally we seem to have got there,” said Pardew, who also targeted a move for Benteke while he was in charge of Newcastle.
“It’s important when you lose iconic players to try and replace them with iconic players. We’ve lost two this week, Mile Jedinak and Yala Bolasie. Both were massive figures at this club and we will need to replace them with big figures.
“That’s something that didn’t always happen at Newcastle, unfortunately, so I’m pleased the board have been brave with this move.”
He’s someone I know very, very well because I wanted to take him to Newcastle. I thought he’d be a fantastic fit for that club. He got the move to Liverpool and it hasn’t quite worked out.
“For us, we need to get him back to doing what he does best. His style of play, the way he feeds off crosses…
“He’ll enjoy that with the wide players we have. But he’s not our player yet.
“(Bolasie’s transfer to Everton) wasn’t something that I’d planned. I asked him if there was anything we could do to keep him at the club, and his response was ‘no’.”
After playing 42 games for the club and scoring just 10 goals, he becomes Crystal Palace’s fourth signing following Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda.
Benteke feels that he can give a lot to the club: “I’m very happy to commit my future to Crystal Palace,”.