The Premier League side announced the news on Twitter, revealing the striker has signed a new contract.

The tweet read: "Christian Benteke agrees a contract extension to keep him at Villa until 2017."

Benteke returned to training on time yesterday morning and was put through his paces with the first-team squad – after initially training away from the group.

Both Tottenham and Chelsea were thought to be interested in signing the 22-year-old, but will now have to find new targets for this term.

Aston Villa Manager Paul Lambert said: "I had a full and frank discussion with Christian Benteke on his return to training this week regarding his future. It is my opinion that the best thing for Christian is to remain at Aston Villa.

"He enjoyed a terrific first season at the Club and can use that as a platform to hopefully enjoy more success this season. I'm delighted, having time to re-evaluate his future, Christian has decided to commit to the Club.