Lambert - Benteke staying

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he has no plans to make a quick profit on £7million summer signing Christian Benteke.

Last Updated: 03/12/12 at 14:46 Post Comment

Christian Benteke: Belgium striker going nowhere, according to Aston Villa manag

Christian Benteke: Belgium striker going nowhere, according to Aston Villa manag

The 21-year-old Belgium international has been in impressive form since arriving at Villa Park on a four-year contract from Genk in August and Lambert intends to keep hold of him.

Lambert said: "Christian has been excellent for us. He is a big strong lad but he can also play.

"If he keeps progressing the way he has so far, he will be an incredible player. I have to hold onto Benteke. He's going nowhere.

"I have run out of things to say about Christian. He is not the finished article but he has been excellent for us and a fans' favourite.

"You have to be a good player to get into the current Belgium side and he has scored plenty of goals for them already.

"He might not peak for a few years yet. He's only 21 and can be anything he wants."

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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