D.C. United has signed Belgium worldwide ahead Christian Benteke from Premier League facet Crystal Palace, the golf equipment confirmed Friday.
Benteke joins D.C. as a delegated participant on a two-and-a-half-year contract with a membership choice in 2025. The switch payment has not but been disclosed.
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“Christian is a high participant who has performed on the highest degree for a very long time,” Wayne Rooney, D.C. United head coach, mentioned. “His expertise and talent to attain targets and assist the staff will likely be invaluable. It is thrilling for the staff and myself to get him in and taking part in. He’ll make an enormous distinction.”
Benteke, 31, spent the final six seasons with Palace, scoring 37 targets in 177 league and cup appearances.
He has additionally hung out with Genk, Mechelen, Kortrijk and Customary Liege in his native Belgium, in addition to Premier League sides Aston Villa and Liverpool. His most efficient spell got here with Villa from 2012-15, the place he scored 49 targets in 101 league and cup appearances.
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Benteke’s arrival continues the midseason makeover underneath new supervisor Rooney. DCU lately acquired ahead Miguel Berry, midfielder Ravel Morrison, midfielder Victor Palsson and goalkeeper David Ochoa within the final two weeks.
The transfer additionally means the staff’s present crop of forwards — a bunch that features Ola Kamara, Michael Estrada, Berry and Taxi Fountas — will likely be competing to suit into Rooney’s revamped frontline now that Benteke is on board.
“We have been working exhausting over the previous few weeks to usher in expertise to bolster our squad,” Dave Kasper, D.C. United president of soccer operations, added. “With the ability to usher in a world class participant of Benteke’s caliber is a large testomony to what is going on on behind the scenes on the membership and our capability to attract high expertise globally.
“We’ve got been extraordinarily lively within the switch window bringing in six gamers and since Wayne Rooney’s appointment as our Head Coach we consider now we have made main steps in placing collectively a roster that may each make a push to complete this season robust and construct a basis for us transferring ahead.”
Benteke has made 45 appearances for Belgium, scoring 18 targets. He was a part of the squads that competed at Euro 2016 and Euro 2020. On each events Belgium reached the quarterfinals.