Liverpool have completed the £32.5million signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, with the forward declaring he’s “here to win trophies.”
The Reds triggered the release clause in the big Belgian’s contract last week and he has now penned a five-year deal at Anfield after passing a medical in London.
Benteke, 24, was due to begin training at Melwood today, but that is not likely to happen now until tomorrow.
“I’m very happy to be here and I would like to thank the owners, Ian [Ayre] and of course the manager for their massive effort to bring me here,” Benteke said on the Liverpool, website
“I think it was the right club for me because I had a good chat with the manager and I wanted to be part of his project.
“When I came here with Aston Villa [it was] a great feeling to play at Anfield. Now, to be in the home shirt is going to be an exciting feeling.
“I know Liverpool is a big story. They’ve won [many] league titles and the Champions League five times and of course the UEFA Cup and a lot of trophies. I know it’s a big club.
“I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team.”