Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert fears the Premier League vultures are already eyeing off Christian Benteke.

Lambert insisted Benteke will stay and reach his full potential at Aston Villa.

"He's 21 and he can be anything he wants," said Lambert. "He's not the finished article yet, but he's been ­absolutely brilliant and might not peak until his late 20s.

"He's a big lad and a target man but there's a lot more to him than that."