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Villa Park boss issues hands off warning.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned any interested clubs that £7m summer signing Christian Benteke is not for sale.
Benteke has been in sparkling form since his move from Genk on a four year contract.
He has has netted six goals, replaced Darren Bent as Villa’s number one striker, and also established himself in the Belgium side.
Lambert is constantly singing the praises of the 21-year-old and is adamant he will remain at Villa should any interest be forthcoming in the player.
He said: “Christian has been excellent for us. He is a big strong lad but he can also play.
“If he keeps progressing the way he has so far, he will be an incredible player.
“I have to hold onto Benteke. He’s going nowhere.”
Whilst Chrstian Benteke has taken well to life in the Premier League it is possible that Paul Lambert is getting a little bit carried away with a few decent displays. Indeed those displays have kept Darren Bent out of the Aston Villa first team set-up but the Belgian isn’t exactly prolific.
Thus far the 21 year old has scored three goals in 12 Premier League appearances, ten of which were starts so probably just about what one would expect from a new £7m signing.
It doesn’t seem likely that his displays are of such high quality that the Aston Villa boss would be fielding countless queries for the former Genk man. That said Benteke is clearly a young player with a great deal of potential and is probably the death knell for Bent’s future at the Midlands club.
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