Villa boss insists big striker will be going nowhere.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has moved to dampen reports that claimed the Belgian striker is eyeing a move to a Premier League rival and insists that if it is true then he is in need of a reality check, Sky Sports reports.
The 22-year-old has been a revelation in claret and blue this season, bagging 19 goals in his debut campaign after joining from Genk last summer. He has now become on of Europe’s most sought after strikers with the likes of Arsenal, Spurs, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund all being linked.
However, Lambert has insisted that the striker will be going nowhere this summer.
“I don’t really 100 per cent know what’s happened but he’s got three years here at Aston Villa and the club have always come first,” said Lambert
“He’s had one of those seasons where he’s never really been injured and he’s never been suspended except the last day.
“It’s a unique thing, and he’s got to remember that he’s only 22 years of age. He’s got so much to learn.
“He’s only a kid starting out and he’s going to have ups and downs like everybody else. Once he starts to play 400 or 500 games you might think, ‘yeah, he’s a good player’.
“I think sometimes we’ve got to have a reality check here. This lad’s only been in Britain for 10 months. He’s got the status at Aston Villa and everybody loves him.”
The report came from The Sun newspaper where Benteke is claimed to have said: “If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won’t necessarily accept that.
“I do not in any way want to feel I didn’t get the most out of my career. I try to get everything.
“Of course playing the World Cup in Rio is in my head. But I have no fear of falling out of the team. There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa.
“If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I’m convinced we can reach a compromise where everyone comes out a winner.”