Villa to start Benteke talks

Paul Lambert will sit down with Christian Benteke and Aston Villa's other stars of the season next week to discuss new deals.

Last Updated: 16/05/13 at 13:34 Post Comment

Christian Benteke: Led Villa to Premier League safety

Christian Benteke: Led Villa to Premier League safety

Paul Lambert will sit down with Christian Benteke and Aston Villa's other stars of the season next week to thrash out improved deals and begin building towards next year.

Villa secured their Barclays Premier League status this week as Wigan's defeat at Arsenal condemned the Latics to the npower Championship ahead of Sunday's final-day fixture.

Survival caps a turbulent but progressive season for Villa, who have languished in and around the bottom three for most of the campaign only for a superb run of form to lift them away from danger.

Despite the difficulties Villa can be satisfied with the foundations Lambert has laid, having seen several inexperienced or unproven players prove their worth over the course of the season.

Benteke's 19-goal contribution has seen him linked with some of Europe's biggest teams while the likes of Matthew Lowton, Ashley Westwood, Brad Guzan and Andreas Weimann have emerged from relative obscurity to become key men.

Benteke's future has dominated the agenda recently and Lambert is ready to sit down and sort things out.

"Who has he been linked with now?" the Scot said. "I always knew it would happen. Christian and a few other lads are in my thinking."

Lambert quipped: "I don't know how much he's on, I leave the finances to other people. No, I know everything that's going on and exactly what's happening, everybody's finances.

"Christian is one of a few who have been brilliant for us, collectively as a team and individuals they've been great. We're coming to the end of the season and yes, we'll sit them down and try to get things done.

"Every one one of the players have helped us stay up, it's not just one player. Every one of the lads contributed something and they're the ones that have done it, we got ourselves over the line."

Lambert bristled at any suggestion Arsenal did Villa a favour by beating Wigan on Tuesday to confirm his side's safety.

"People say we were relying on Arsenal to get us a result but we weren't," he said. "It's because we did the job ourselves.

"We've won all the games that counted, only the top four have beaten us. There are no celebrations yet, the jobs not done yet. But the crowd is special here.

"I knew how tight the league always was, even teams in mid-table had to have one eye behind them.

"We're going to have a fantastic following up at Wigan on Sunday and we have to try to win it and not slack off and let it become one of those games where it's like a festival.

"We've got a job to do and we've got to go and try and win it."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

International news: Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto quits position

Costa Rica’s popular head coach Jorge Luis Pinto has quit despite their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rues 'impossible' pre-season schedule

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s hectic pre-season schedule as bordering on the impossible.

Transfer News: Hibernian capture young midfielder Scott Allan from West Brom

Hibernian have signed former Scotland Under-21 international Scott Allan from West Brom.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property