Liverpool on alert as Benteke to tell Villa he wants to leave
Christian Benteke will hold talks with Tim Sherwood on Wednesday and reiterate his desire to quit Aston Villa this summer.
Benteke is set to meet with Sherwood at the club’s training ground and will inform his manager that he is determined to leave Villa after three seasons to pursue a new challenge.
Villa remain insistent that the Belgium international will only leave if a club triggers the £32.5million escape clause but Benteke is ready to make it clear to Sherwood face-to-face that he wants to move on.
Liverpool are still interested in signing the 24-year-old forward this summer but the clause has acted as a deterrent, with Villa refusing to entertain any offers lower than the strict valuation.
However, while Benteke is reluctant to repeat his actions of two years ago, when he submitted a transfer request, he is keen to secure a move away from Villa Park.
Villa were prepared to offer him a new contract that would have made him the club’s best paid player but those hopes appear remote. Benteke's current deal runs for another two years and Villa are said to be "relaxed", despite the threat of the situation turning ugly.
Benteke will meet Sherwood on Wednesday before flying out with the first-team squad for the pre-season training camp in Portugal the following day.
Fabian Delph is another Villa player whose future is uncertain, with Manchester City considering meeting the England international’s £8million release clause.