Helenius hoping to learn from Benteke at Aston Villa

The striker performed a dramatic U-turn last week by deciding to pen a new deal after initially handing in a transfer request, and the new signing is looking to forge a partnership
Aston Villa new-boy Nicklas Helenius believes he can learn from the impact Christian Benteke has had at Villa Park and forge a successful partnership.

Benteke performed a remarkable U-turn last week by agreeing a one-year contract extension with Paul Lambert's side despite initially submitting a transfer request.

Tottenham looked likely to seal Benteke's signature, but Goal revealed the club missed Villa's enforced deadline, and Helenius is now keen to link up with the Belgian and build on last year's 15th-placed finish.

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"I always hoped that Christian would stay because I can learn from him and he is a very good player," he told the club's official website. "He is one that you look at and try to do the same as he did, so I am very happy that Christian is staying.

"He was a new player last year and nobody had heard his name before but he came over and he must have done something right to get the success he had. That is something you can watch and try to learn from."

Helenius' wish to play alongside Benteke in the Villa frontline is by no means assured with the competition for places Paul Lambert has at his disposal, and Danish striker is under no illusions of the task he faces to cement a first-team berth.

"Hopefully I will get to play with Christian if I train well and show what I can do when I get my chance," he added. "But we have some other good strikers - Gabby [Agbonlahor], Andi [Weimann] and Jordan [Bowery] too.

"You will always be better when you have to fight for your place in the starting XI. That is good."