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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke faces alleged violent car-jacking claims

New Villa frontman Benteke fights to clear his name after car-jacking claims

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UPDATED:

10:06 GMT, 10 September 2012

Aston Villa's summer signing Christian Benteke is fighting to clear his name after allegations he was involved in a violent car-jacking in his native Belgium.

The Belgian international striker, who joined on a 7m deal from Genk this summer, and two friends were accused of brutally beating a motorist and making off in his Volkswagen Polo car.

The 21-year-old Congolese-born player was arrested at the scene in Liege, Belgium, held overnight and brought before the Palais de Justice, accused of taking part in the car-jacking, the Birmingham Mail reported.

'Dream move': Christian Benteke, a Belgian international striker, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day

'Dream move': Christian Benteke, a Belgian international striker, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day

All three men were later released and both Genk and Villa rushed to issue statements denying the charges.

The Belgian club said that Benteke was interviewed by police merely as a witness to the attack, which happened last November.

Villa insisted that other witnesses had verified Benteke played no part in the car-jacking.

A club statement read: 'Christian and his legal team have co-operated with the investigation and witnesses confirmed he took no part in the matters alleged.'

Goal getter: Benteke in action for his former club Genk, where he had a prolific goalscoring record in the Belgian top flight

Goal getter: Benteke in action for his former club Genk, where he had a prolific goalscoring record in the Belgian top flight

Belgian sports journalist Jan Haupsie reported the two men, aged 23 and 24, claim they had paid the victim 6000 euros a day earlier for another car, a Volkswagen Golf, which later showed up on police records as stolen.

Haupsie said: 'The men were stopped in Liege by police who confiscated the car and told them it had been stolen on October 14 from an address in Paris.

'The next day the two men called up their friend, Christian, and asked him for a lift so that they could confront the seller, who was referred to in court as Kevin.'

Benteke completed his 'dream move' to Villa on transfer deadline day, signing a four-year deal believed to be worth around 7m.

The move went through after Genk had rejected two bids and at one point Benteke had threatened to sue the club if they didn't sanction his move.

Villa manager Paul Lambert felt the player was the perfect partner for his other strikers, Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

After his move went through, Benteke told Sky Sports News: 'I am still young and I have realised my dream. My dream was to come here and I am very happy.

'I hope I will be a success. I am motivated.

'It was difficult and I say thank you to Genk and everyone there. I will go forward for a new challenge.

'I think every player wants to come to the Premier League and I am very happy.'

He scored 19 times in 37 league appearances for Genk last season and has five senior Belgium caps.

New Villa frontman Benteke fights to clear his name after allegations of violent car-jacking

New Villa frontman Benteke fights to clear his name after allegations of violent car-jacking

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UPDATED:

08:49 GMT, 10 September 2012

Aston Villa's summer signing Christian Benteke is fighting to clear his name after allegations he was involved in a violent car-jacking in his native Belgium.

The Belgian international striker, who joined on a 7m deal from Genk this summer, and two friends were accused of brutally beating a motorist and making off in his Volkswagen Polo car.

The 21-year-old Congolese-born player was arrested at the scene in Liege, Belgium, held overnight and brought before the Palais de Justice, accused of taking part in the car-jacking, the Birmingham Mail reported.

'Dream move': Christian Benteke, a Belgian international striker, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day

'Dream move': Christian Benteke, a Belgian international striker, joined Aston Villa on transfer deadline day

All three men were later released and both Genk and Villa rushed to issue statements denying the charges.

The Belgian club said that Benteke was interviewed by police merely as a witness to the attack, which happened last November.

Villa insisted that other witnesses had verified Benteke played no part in the car-jacking.

A club statement read: 'Christian and his legal team have co-operated with the investigation and witnesses confirmed he took no part in the matters alleged.'

Goal getter: Benteke in action for his former club Genk, where he had a prolific goalscoring record in the Belgian top flight

Goal getter: Benteke in action for his former club Genk, where he had a prolific goalscoring record in the Belgian top flight

Belgian sports journalist Jan Haupsie reported the two men, aged 23 and 24, claim they had paid the victim 6000 euros a day earlier for another car, a Volkswagen Golf, which later showed up on police records as stolen.

Haupsie said: 'The men were stopped in Liege by police who confiscated the car and told them it had been stolen on October 14 from an address in Paris.

'The next day the two men called up their friend, Christian, and asked him for a lift so that they could confront the seller, who was referred to in court as Kevin.'

Benteke completed his 'dream move' to Villa on transfer deadline day, signing a four-year deal believed to be worth around 7m.

The move went through after Genk had rejected two bids and at one point Benteke had threatened to sue the club if they didn't sanction his move.

Villa manager Paul Lambert felt the player was the perfect partner for his other strikers, Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

After his move went through, Benteke told Sky Sports News: 'I am still young and I have realised my dream. My dream was to come here and I am very happy.

'I hope I will be a success. I am motivated.

'It was difficult and I say thank you to Genk and everyone there. I will go forward for a new challenge.

'I think every player wants to come to the Premier League and I am very happy.'

He scored 19 times in 37 league appearances for Genk last season and has five senior Belgium caps.

Pawel Brozek signs for Celtic

EXCLUSIVE: Pole star Brozek ready to shine at Parkhead but Russell bid fails

Celtic boss Neil Lennon celebrated the capture of Rangers target Pawel Brozek – after a bid for Dundee United's Johnny Russell was kicked into touch by the Tannadice club.

Polish international Brozek has arrived on loan until the end of the season, subject to a medical, with the SPL leaders holding first option to sign the Trabzonspor forward in the summer.

The move came after Celtic, who clinched a League Cup Final place with a 3-1 win over Falkirk yesterday, had an offer of 500,000 plus fringe players for Russell rejected by United last week.

Thumbs up: Brozek at Celtic Park on Sunday after completing his loan switch

Thumbs up: Brozek at Celtic Park on Sunday after completing his loan switch

The Tayside club, who have revived a deal for Slovakian striker Milos Lacny, are demanding 1million for Russell, who has 18 months left on his contract, and are bracing themselves for an increased offer before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.

Despite Lennon refusing to rule out further deals, Sportsmail understands the capture of Brozek is likely to kill any chance of the Scotland Under-21 star moving to Parkhead this transfer window.

Lennon was thrilled with his fourth signing of the January transfer window, hailing him as a goal-getter who will add serious firepower to his armoury.

But he shied away from claiming a transfer-market victory over rival Ally McCoist, who had openly discussed his interest in the striker, by saying: ‘I don’t know about that. I know Rangers were interested but we’ve been involved with players before where Rangers have nipped in. I’m not saying we’ve nipped in, because we’ve been tracking him for quite a while.

No go: Celtic have failed in a bid to sign Dundee United's Johnny Russell

No go: Celtic have failed in a bid to sign Dundee United's Johnny Russell

‘I don’t really get involved with the agents and negotiations. We identify players, I’ve a list as long as your arm, and we’re ticking them off. This one has come to fruition and we’re very pleased about that.

‘Brozek scored a lot of goals in Poland and he’ll give the squad a jag. I can’t keep relying on Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes. If one of them gets injured or suspended, we could be a goalscorer short — and Pawel is a goalscorer.

Pole star: Brozek in action for Poland

Pole star: Brozek in action for Poland

‘His record in Poland was excellent. For one reason or another, it hasn’t worked out in Trabzonspor. It might be a different formation or whatever. But what we do know is he’s a goalscorer. Right foot, left foot, he can head the ball as well — and he’s very sharp.

‘The other good thing about him is he’s got the Euros in front of him. He needs to play to stake a claim for the European Championships in his home country. So, he will come here very motivated to play and be successful.

Getting his man: Lennon was delighted to sign Brozek

Getting his man: Lennon was delighted to sign Brozek

‘Pawel is a bit like Hooper, sharp with good feet, 5ft 10in and he knows where the goal is. He’s a bit like Maciej Zurawski was when he first came. He’s a family man, too, so I don’t think the bright lights of Glasgow will faze him.’

Lennon insisted Brozek will be in contention to start immediately and is holding out hope of making one more signing before Tuesday’s deadline.

He said: ‘I’m not going to say that’s us done. We might try to get another player in. We have been looking for a physical striker but it’s really hard. We might get one. I can’t say any more but we’re still looking — and will be until midnight Tuesday.’