Benteke ignoring speculation

Christian Benteke is ignoring speculation regarding his Aston Villa future as he focuses on his return to full fitness.

Last Updated: 29/07/14 at 13:34 Post Comment

Christian Benteke: Working his way back from an Achilles injury

Christian Benteke: Working his way back from an Achilles injury

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Belgium international striker saw an Achilles injury cut short his 2013/14 campaign and wreck his World Cup dream.

The 23-year-old is not expected to be back in action until October at the earliest, having been told that he would be sidelined for around six months.

A lengthy spell on the treatment table has done little to curb the rumours surrounding a possible summer switch, though, with clubs across Europe still closely monitoring the powerful frontman.

Benteke is aware of the ongoing transfer gossip, but he has sought to assure Villa supporters that he remains committed to a long-term contract in the Midlands and has expressed no desire to move on.

He told The Sun: “I intend to come back bigger, better and stronger than last season.

“Speculation is speculation. It doesn’t mean it’s the truth. What I need to do is get back to playing well for Aston Villa.

“And if some other club is interested in me they have to speak to the club, not just speak about me.

“Of course it’s nice to hear this club or that club wants you, but it means nothing.

“My first ambition is to focus on my rehabilitation.

“It was nice to be in the USA with the rest of the boys on the club’s tour – even though I was training on my own.

“I knew the manager would take me to Texas. He gave me all those months off to recover in Belgium but now I need to be close to the squad again.”

Benteke may still be some way off a return to competitive action, but a man who has plundered 34 goals during his two seasons in English football is itching to get going again.

He added: “It’s going to be some feeling when I can finally kick a ball with the lads again.

“You know that look on a kid’s face when you give them a ball to play with for the first time and they’re really happy?

“I’m a grown man but I’ll be as happy as a child kicking his first ball when I return.

“I can’t wait to get back. I want to play football again. I’ve really missed it.

“That’s the hardest thing about being injured, not being able to go what I really love – playing football.”

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Two Chelsea fans summoned to appear in court over claims of racist chants

Two men summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in May following claims of racist chants at St Pancras Station.

Arsenal are repoortedly keen to sign Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

Arsenal are interested in signing Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, with the winger set to reject his offer of a new deal.

European Qualifiers round-up: Wins for Germany, Portugal and Romania

Goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Muller gave Germany victory over Georgia while Portugal beat Serbia to go top of Group I.

Mail Box

Can Wenger Coach Young Players Anymore?

One Mailboxer wonders whether Wenger has still got ability to bring through young talent. Plus £50m for Sterling, stop being matey with footballers and Blackpool...

Forget About Flair And Play Like Greece

'Forget about flair and play like Greece' is one outsider's advice to the England national side, while an Arsenal fan wants to sell Theo Walcott to get Marco Reus.

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