Villa boss Lambert prepared to include Benteke in preseason training

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is prepared to include Christian Benteke in preseason training.

The Daily Mail says Lambert will welcome Benteke back into pre-season training next week but has warned the £25m-rated forward that he expects no repeat of the antics which secured the forward a move to Villa Park.

Villa's boss gave the Belgium international an extended leave of absence following his transfer request at the weekend, omitting him from the club's pre-season tour.

However, Benteke is expected at Bodymoor Heath in seven days' time when Villa will have returned from their break in Germany.

And Lambert has held a private conversation with the 22-year-old forward in which he has both empathised with his situation - but also spelled out that there can be no hangover from his decision once the player returns to Villa's first-team squad.

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