Is Christian Benteke on the move? Well if you believe the Facebook image that was doing the rounds on Twitter yesterday then Benteke seems to believe so even if manager Paul Lambert doesn’t.
Football betting websites are not taking odds on IF the Belguim striker will leave but who he will actually join with North London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal heavily linked.
Paul Lambert has slapped a £40million price tag on the striker who scored 23 goals in all competitions last season and if someone was to match that asking price after 1 successful season then I think Villa would be foolish to turn it down as much as the buying club being foolish for paying it.
On top of that Aston Villa have spent a hell of a lot of money on marketing the new 2013-14 kits with the player fronting the home kit.
From a personal point of view I am sick of hearing about him and this ongoing ‘will he or wont he’ transfer saga. It is now getting to the stage in which I wish it was just sorted out one way or another. Yes without doubt he probably single handedly kept our club in the Premiership last season and even though it is an old cliche we as fans must remember that no player is bigger than Aston Villa Football Club – and certainly not a 21 year old who has an agent eager for another big pay day.
I stated yesterday on my personal Twitter account that I believe it is better to of had a player of Benteke’s quality and lose him than to of never had him at the club at all.
Regardless of what happens and what his agent may think Aston Villa hold all the cards – hence why the club and manager are very calm. Christian is still under a 3 year contract and he did only cost the club £7million so the odds are that they will make a very healthy profit should they be forced to cash in on their prize asset.
I would love him to stay but if we do sell him then we should move on just like Christian Benteke will and try to continue with the current feel good factor at the club.