Thursday 18 January 2018

Christian Benteke needs to save Villa from relegation before deciding on future, reveals agent

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke

Phil Blanche

Christian Benteke's agent says there has no been interest in his client and that the in-form Belgium striker is only focused on his Aston Villa career.

Benteke has been in sparkling form since Tim Sherwood became Villa manager in February, scoring nine goals in his last eight appearances after managing only three until then for previous boss Paul Lambert.

That form has led to speculation that the forward Villa signed from Belgian club Genk for £7million in August 2012 could move on at the end of the summer, with both Liverpool and Manchester United reported to be monitoring the situation.

But Benteke still has two years left on his current contract and his agent Eris Kismet says the 24-year-old is solely focused on Villa's fight for Barclays Premier League survival and FA Cup final date with Arsenal on May 30.

"At the moment, there is no interest," Kismet told Sky Sports News HQ.

"Every player and staff member is concentrated on avoiding relegation, anything else is just a distraction.

"I know everyone wants the same thing because I watch the games and I think Aston Villa are playing the best football in England right now."

Villa are just two points clear of the relegation zone after Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Manchester City but have reached only their second FA Cup final since 1957, with Benteke on target in the 2-1 semi-final victory against Liverpool.

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