Belgian striker believes he owes debt of gratitude to Villa boss.
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has revealed that he is keen to repay the faith shown in him by his manager Paul Lambert according to Goal.com.
The Belgian striker has revealed that it was Lambert’s enthusiasm during his transfer negotiations last summer that persuaded him to eventually join the Midlands club from Belgian side Genk.
Benteke believes that he owes Lambert a debt of gratitude for giving him the chance to prove himself in the Premier League.
Benteke has been one of the signings of the season following his arrival for £7 million last summer.
The striker has hit nineteen goals in all competitions and Villa would surely be in a much more precarious position in the Premier League were it not for the hitman’s goals.
His performances have not gone unnoticed with a number of top clubs having been linked with the player’s signature in recent months.
The likes of Tottenham and Chelsea are thought to be ready to battle it out this summer for the £15 million rated youngster.
But Benteke hinted that he is happy to stay at Villa Park as he feels wanted by the club’s manager and fans following his debut season in England.
“I like to give my all and do my job, and I have to give back to [Lambert] for what he has given me,” said Benteke.
“I was keen to come here because the manager was so keen to have me here. It’s different when people want you.
“If you come for yourself it’s difficult, so it’s better when someone wants you. Since I was young it was my dream to come here and to play in the Premier League.
“I think I have had a good start and I am full of confidence. For everybody, for me and for the club and for the fans, I think it has been good.”