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Villa boss Lambert so happy to count on Benteke

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has again heaped praise on Christian Benteke.

The Belgium striker, 21, has hit 10 goals in 23 appearances for the club since joining for £7million in the summer.

Lambert said: "The football club needed somebody like him to play up front. Ian and myself were speaking to see what we could do to have a look at some things.

"I know the Belgian manager Marc Wilmots as I have played against him and I spoke to him about Christian. We kept on persevering, persevering and then we managed to get him.

"The guy has been an absolute dream to work with."

He added: "I watched him in the Belgian team and he has more than held his own in that company. And Belgium have got a good team at the minute.

"What he does with the Belgium team he just seems to bring that [to the club]. He has been absolutely fantastic for us."

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