Benteke's Agent Talking Up His Players Sale?
Following on from the early February article: Ouch. Big Boys Chasing Villa's Christian Benteke? looks like there is some very Machiavellian goings on with regards to Christian Benteke.
The Guardian have quotes from the strikers agent and it doesn`t look great.
Kismet Eris said that of course, if a player does well then he attracts interest and then worryingly adds:
"Christian has shown that he can play in England. So why not take the step up to the next level if the opportunity is there?'
So, a lovely slight on Villa, the club who took the risk and bought him at a good price and showed faith in him. Thanks for that.
He added, "At the end of the season interested clubs will talk to Villa - but it has to be right for Villa, the buying club and Christian. If all three parties are agreeable, then something could happen."
He does go on to say that he is fully focused on this season at the moment but jeez!
"He has scored a lot of goals this season and wants to give 100% between now and the end of the season."
And then after just one season will look to sod off?!?!? Modern footballers he?
He also agrees Villa will want a big price. To be fair to Villa (and I know at the moment we are fed up with top player sales and the way the last three seasons have gone) it is very hard to keep hold of a player IF they want out. Just look at the way Downing behaved to move to Liverpool?
"But Villa will now ask a big price for Christian, much more than they paid for him, because Paul Lambert was the one who gave him his chance. There will be clubs asking about Christian next summer because he's proved he can do it in England. None of the big clubs wanted to take a chance on Christian when he was still unknown. I have been with Christian for 10 years now. I know what his ambitions are - he wants to do well in England.'
Queue denials that the agent doesn`t speak for the player or was misquoted, but sorry, this looks like an agent or the player angling for a move and making it clear he is on the market.
What does a club do? We could take the hard line (we did for one season with Gareth Barry and also Ashley Young had wanted to leave the season before) and keep an unhappy player or...............
Until it happens, I`ll just enjoy the the skills of the lad, if he is sold then I`d rather he was sold abroad or at the very least, get £30million or more for him. If not, tough luck Christian, you stay.
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