Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v W Brom

Saturday, 07 March 2015, 17:30

The FA Cup Quarter-Final

Villa Park

Last Game

A Villa 2 - 1 W Brom

Tuesday, 03 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Lambert keen to keep stars

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is adamant Andreas Wiemann and Christian Benteke will still be at the club next season.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 09:02 Post Comment

Christian Benteke (left): Has scored 17 goals in his debut season for Villa

Christian Benteke (left): Has scored 17 goals in his debut season for Villa

The attacking pair have impressed in their debut seasons, with £8m summer-signing Benteke scoring 17 goals and Wiemann netting 11 times.

Both have been linked with moves away from the club but Lambert is keen to reverse the trend that has seen the likes of Gareth Barry, James Milner, Stewart Downing and Ashley Young leave Villa in recent seasons.

"Do I think Weimann and Benteke will be at Villa next season? Yes, yes. I think they want to be here," said Lambert. "I've spoken to the lads as well and they've been great with it.

"There is no point in coming in for one year and, after that, the lads go away again. I don't think that is building for any sort of future.

"Do I have the final say on it? Oh yes. I've got to - but Randy (Lerner - the club's owner) has been great with me.

"Everyone knows the situation. If players do well, then teams speak about them. Everyone knows the situation. Whether it is true or not or agents fabricate things remains to be seen.

"When I first came in here, we sat down and explained what I thought. Randy was right behind it, no problem at all.

"He has been excellent with us. There is no point in building something, if a year later it (a player) goes. I don't want to go back to square one."

Weimann has only 15 months remaining of his current contract but Lambert is confident the 21-year-old will extend his deal.

"I spoke to Andy's agent a couple of months back. I know what is happening and Andy knows what is happening. His agent knows what is going on," revealed Lambert. "There is no problem at the minute.

"Am I confident Andy will sign? Yes."

Lambert also hinted Benteke, 22, may also be offered a new deal this summer.

"I think you do that (reward players) with most lads who are performing well for you," added Lambert.

"You just don't want people to become comfortable or lose that hunger. I don't want a monetary thing to over-rule success."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd yet... Jermain Defoe is still going to pronounce himself gobsmacked when he learns he hasn't made the England squad for the Euro qualifiers.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

W

e could release Diaby and then re-sign him when nobody else does and he would literally be like a new signing.

john matrix
The Machine Gossip

W

e pay the living wage, living wage, living wage, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!! Wooo ohhhh ooooohh

hump3.
All Premier League Clubs Should Be Paying Living Wage

Footer 365

Roy Hodgson says Harry Kane may miss out on England squad

Roy Hodgson says selecting Tottenham striker Harry Kane for the next England squad is far from a certainty.

Papiss Cisse faces seven-match ban after admitting FA charge

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse faces a seven-match ban after admitting an FA charge relating to Wednesday's spitting incident.

FA charges Newcastle's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans

The FA have charged Newcastle's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans over Wednesday's 'spitting' incident.

Mail Box

Have To Trust Managers On Mata

It's all very well bemoaning the lack of action for Juan Mata, but we have to trust the judgement of Van Gaal and Mourinho. Plus Martinez Out, and Leicester are doomed...

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company