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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson fighting to keep Benteke

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists he doesn't want Christian Benteke to be sold.

Benteke has struggled for game time this season and has been vocal about his unhappiness at his role at the club.

"Christian all the time he has not been in the team, he has been very professional and worked very hard so it doesn't come as a surprise to me that he goes away with his national team and takes his chance," he said.

"It would be a concern if the club was planning to sell him because the club only have two centre forwards, plus a recovering Connor Wickham.

"As far as I know we have no plans to sell him. When you sign a contract with a club you sign up for the good times and the bad times.

"It would have to be something that both he and we wanted and I have no suggestion, certainly from my part, that that it is something I want."

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