English Premiership

Villa won't stand in Benteke's way

2015-05-02 10:26
Christian Benteke (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood would like to retain the services of Christian Benteke but admits he won't stand in the striker's way should he decide to leave.

The Belgium international, 24, has returned to something resembling his best form in recent months, following a lengthy goal drought.

He has netted six goals in his last five appearances, sparking renewed speculation over his future at the Birmingham-based club.

Sherwood is well aware of the transfer rumours, and has warned potential suitors the Villans won't consider selling the striker unless they receive a massive offer.

"It's good news that people are talking about Christian again because he's scoring goals and if he's scoring goals for us, we're happy," said Sherwood.

"I've no idea what he'd cost, because I don't want to sell him. It would have to be a lot of money for anyone to take him from us.

"He'd be too expensive for a great deal of clubs in the Premier League. But we're not looking to sell our assets and he's certainly one of those.

"If a player doesn't want to play for the club anymore and the club he wants to go to meet the valuation then I think it's always best to let them go."

Sherwood remains hopeful, though, that Benteke will shun interested from elsewhere in favour of staying at Villa Park.

He added: "He's enjoying his football and I saw some positive things said by his agent, saying he had not talked to other clubs or seen any interest from other clubs and that Aston Villa were playing the best football out of any team in the league.

"I think he was spot on there."

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