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Lambert insists Benteke staying with Villa

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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