Ouch. Big Boys Chasing Villa's Christian Benteke?
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Ouch. Big Boys Chasing Villa's Christian Benteke?

Ouch. Big Boys Chasing Villa's Christian Benteke?

Jeremy Cross of The Daily Star has an article quoting 'pals` of Christian Benteke saying the striker wants to leave Villa whether we are relegated or not.

Benteke DOH

The report says that will 'spark a £16million race` for his services.

The usual suspects are named as suitors, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Spurs were also linked last month (Click Here) in another report.

This report says Starsport understands Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is leading the race to sign Benteke, who has made no secret of his love for the London outfit.

This is just press talk to be fair, but............

Meanwhile Mat Kendrick has a report in The Birmingham Mail where Paul Lambert is quoted as saying he`d not be available on the cheap.

I must admit, I`d prefer to have read 'he`s not available` ... full stop.

When asked if he has doubled in value the Villa boss says 'yes by miles`.

Benteke in action claret

"When the guy came in people were saying to me 'who is he and why are you going for someone from Genk?` With what he`s done he`s a cult hero." Adding, "He`s not just going to walk out of here for the value he came for, that`s for sure."

And when asked if the player was unhappy: "If that`s the whispers coming back then..it`s funny that because he doesn`t speak! So I`ve not heard it. He`s a cracking big guy and really humble. If he keeps that he could be anything he wants to be."

Our forum thread on the subject: Click Here

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday February 8 2013
Time: 12:02PM


All the hallmarks of another star player being sold on the cheap. Couldn't believe Lambert didn't just dismiss the subject rather than indicating the player has a price. Relegated or not we should be keeping Benteke for one more season at the very least. How can we progress if we keep selling the future. No doubt Weiman and Lowton will follow as well. This isn't even a case of Lerner getting his money back. A lot of the cash spent on players has been generated naturally through Villa revenue or player sales. There seems to be an obsession with wages, well pay championship salary's and that's where you'll be. VTID
Mister Mick
10/02/2013 09:03:00
The Daily Star?????? What a lot of toilet paper that is and a reprint of what has gone before. This is just pure negative speculation based on the fact that we have a gem of a player. They were all saying this about Bent, more in the hope that it would create a real story. Inevitable I suppose that the press will want to create gossip. Still, we won't need to sell and on a 4 year deal we'd be looking for £30 Million even to think about it.
10/02/2013 05:34:00
If he goes, will the fee be reduced by the fair play rules limiting spending??
09/02/2013 19:24:00
We have had it as a club for a long time to come well until Randy sells up anyway
09/02/2013 13:02:00
Yes SFC. But people don't develop to any better standard at VP. To reach next level, he needs to move on unfortunately.
09/02/2013 09:52:00
You often get rehashed stories after windows close. If you do have to sell him it would be a pity as he is still developing.
SFC Forever
09/02/2013 00:37:00
This is a rehash of a rubbish story that came out when a "friend" of Benteke told a journo that he was an Arsenal fan and that he thought Aston Villa were based in London. Typical of a rag paper kicking the club while we are struggling. The boy hasn't opened his mouth since he arrived, so why should anyone believe this tabloid Cr4p. Lets see what the next 13 games bring before we jump to conclusions FFS, starting by making Sam even more miserable than usual on Sunday, hopefully aided by the second best bargain of the season (only Michu was better value IMO).
08/02/2013 23:31:00
Mastercard or Visa Randy?.
08/02/2013 19:44:00
Dzecko would love it here I'm sure!! Wage structure and lack of peers of his standard in the squad and lack of success will mean that the revolving door will keep turning. But as said we're stuck with the ones that no-one else wants!! Business plan is a failure of the highest degree. I'm sure we'll get excuses or silence. They know that we don't believe their lies anymore.
08/02/2013 18:25:00
"he can be what he wants to be" again.... in an Arsenal or Man Citeh shirt I suppose. If he does go in the Summer, I'd go for a player + 5 - 8m! With te likes of Djecko (is that how you spell it?)coming to us.
Pride of Lions
08/02/2013 17:31:00
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