D.C. United permanently sign former Premier League forward Christian Benteke

Relations with the English Premier League remain strong in the district with new manager Wayne Rooney.

DC United announced on Friday that they have signed Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace on a permanent deal:

“Christian is a top player who has played at the highest level for a long time,” DC United head coach Wayne Rooney said in a statement. statement. “His experience and ability to score goals and help the team will be invaluable. It’s exciting for the team and myself to play him. He will make a huge difference.

The deal, which gives Benteke Designated Player status, is for two and a half years with a club option in 2025.

Benteke, 31, first made noise for Belgian side KRC Genk in the 2011-12 campaign where he bagged 16 goals in 32 appearances. After that season, EPL’s Aston Villa secured his signature in a deal worth just under $10m, according to transfer market.

The Belgium international continued his fine form for the Lions, finding the back of the net 42 times in 82 league appearances. This led to Liverpool signing him for $51m in 2015 which was short-lived as Benteke left for Crystal Palace in a $34m deal a season later.

Benteke had mixed success with the Eagles, scoring 35 goals in six seasons, the most in a campaign being 15 in his first season with Crystal Palace. He scored four goals in 25 league games last year.

With the Belgian national team, Benteke has scored 18 times in 45 appearances since making his senior debut in 2010.

“We have worked hard over the past few weeks to attract talent to strengthen our squad,” DC United president of football operations Dave Kasper said in a statement. “Being able to bring in a world-class player from Christian [Benteke] caliber is a huge testament to what goes on behind the scenes at the club and our ability to attract top talent from around the world.

“We have been extremely active in the transfer window bringing in six players and since the appointment of Wayne Rooney as head coach we believe we have taken important steps in building a roster that can both make an effort to finish this season strong and build a base for us to move forward.

DC currently sits last in the Eastern Conference with a 6-3-13 win-draw-loss record. The Blacks and Reds have scored 28 goals this season, which is tied for third-lowest in the conference.

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