Date: 21st July 2017 at 6:52pm
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With speculation surrounding the future of striker Christian Benteke in recent weeks, the Belgium international has confirmed his future lies at Crystal Palace.

Having arrived at Selhurst Park in August 2016 for a reported £27million, Benteke scored 17 goals in 40 appearances – with 38 of those being starts – in his maiden year at the club and rather than looking for a move, he explained to Crystal Palace FC that he was committed to the project under Frank de Boer and he was looking forward to playing his part in 2017/18.

‘I`m very happy here and I want to be a part of the project of the manager and I`m looking forward to the new season. I want to perform and score more goals to help the team to where they want to be. Since we came back from pre-season I`ve not even thought about it (moving) because it`s obvious that I want to be here and play – there is a World Cup coming up as well and it`s important that you play for your club and perform if you want to be a part of that group.’

Our top scorer last season was speaking at the press conference ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy third/fourth place play off against West Bromwich Albion that kicks off at 11am BST later today, and he went on to say that he expected a different game to the Liverpool loss.

‘We have been working with him (De Boer) for a few weeks and it`s obvious he wants to play in a certain way. Now we are trying to adapt to that way and be ready for the next game. It`s going to be a different kind of game to the one we played against Liverpool because it`s going to be more physical because of the height in their team. I think we have to be prepared because the Premier League season is going to come around quickly and we really have to be sharp and fit. I think with the squad that we have and the players that are coming, we have to be really ambitious and try to get in the top half of the league.’

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