However, he insists he's happy at Selhurst Park.
â€œI take the interest of both those clubs as recognition," Benteke said. â€œHere, people are decent: they know you're a good player, that you can bring something extra.
â€œEveryone goes through complicated moments without it putting their value in doubt.
â€œIn England, all the parameters are taken into consideration, which goes beyond the number of goals scored. The number of aerial duels won is where I'm quite good.
â€œThe pressure I put on the opposition defence, playing with my back to goal, the player's professionalism, how he fits in a system: all that comes into play, starting from the principle that a player's quality doesn't evaporate."
On the links with Villa, and also with Tottenham Hotspur, Benteke reasoned that he had no need to depart south east London.
He added: â€œBecause I needed stability, especially with the kids. Plus, I'm really happy at Crystal Palace."
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