Lambert: Benteke stays here

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has rejected suggestions star striker Christian Benteke will leave the club.

Last Updated: 24/02/13 at 08:56 Post Comment

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is determined to keep hold of Christian Benteke

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is determined to keep hold of Christian Benteke

The 22-year-old has been a revelation since joining from Genk for £8m in the summer and is drawing interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

Lambert, however, is adamant that his 18-goal marksman is fully focused on keeping the Villans in the Premier League.

He said: "Christian is playing very well for us and that's the main thing. It doesn't concern me who he is linked with and who he is not linked with.

"It proves he's doing well for me and doing well for himself. That doesn't interest me, what other people think. I don't read the headlines. I just get told.

"As far as I'm concerned, the guy is here and he isn't going anywhere until I say so or not really. That's the bottom line.

"He's a really top lad, really humble and, if he keeps doing what he's doing, he'll be a top, top player.

"The big lad has been phenomenal for us. He is 22, he has got so much to learn and so much to give to the game.

"What he has done for this club, in the short time he has been here, he has got to sustain that, not just over a year - it has got to be for the rest of his career."

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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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