Lambert insists Benteke staying with Villa

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Belgian striker Christian Benteke will stay at the club.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Belgian striker Christian Benteke will stay at the club.

The 22 year old was a £7m signing from Gent in August.

Lambert said: "As far as I'm concerned the guy's here and he isn't going anywhere until I say so - that's the bottom line."

Benteke has scored 11 goals for Villa in a challenging season that has seen the club drop to 17th in the Premier League - just a point above the relegation places.

He said: "He has been phenomenal - he's 22 years of age, he's got so much to learn and so much to give to the game.

"If he keeps progressing the way he's going he'll be a top player. What he's done for this football club in the short time he's been here - he's got to sustain that over not just a year but over his career."

 

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