Aston Villa have given the clearest indication yet that Christian Benteke will not be heading for the exit door at Villa Park this summer by including the forward in their promotional material for their new kit launch.
The Belgium international has only two years left on his contract and has confirmed that he is not looking to extend his current deal at Villa Park [Telegraph].
If the Birmingham giants opt not to offload the striker this summer, they risk seeing him depart for a cut-price fee in a year’s time.
The striker has a fee-release clause of £32.5 million, and the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have all been linked with a move for the striker [Express].
It was reported on Tuesday by the Mirror that Tottenham were plotting a swap-deal for the striker, with Togo hitman Emmanuel Adebayor understood to be heading in the opposite direction.
However, Villa appear to have responded defiantly to the suggestion that Benteke will be out of the door by featuring him prominently in their teaser for the new kit launch.
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Take a look at the promotional material above and let us know what you think; are the Villains expecting their star striker to stay?
Would the club include the former Genk man on their advertisements if they were anticipating an imminent departure?