So we have Benteke’s agent openly admitting he will leave.
Football is full of liars and spin so when you read the following from his agent, at least we know as the song goes ‘what we are’.
“So why not take the step up to the next level if the opportunity is there?
“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.
“But right now his focus is on Aston Villa – and helping them stay in the Premier League. He wants to repay Paul Lambert for the faith that has been shown in him.
“He has scored a lot of goals this season and wants to give 100 per cent between now and the end of the season.
“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.
“I know what his ambitions are, he wants to do well in England.”
When Benteke joined us it was obvious he and his agent saw us a stepping stone to greater and better things. We had the sense to realise this and give him a chance to prove if he has what it takes to get to the top. The words above should leave no one under the illusion the agent is now touting him around. It would not surprise me that behind the scenes that Villa and the agent agreed a price at which he could leave if he does well.
That price IMHO is around £20M which in today’s market is a fair one. I guess if he keeps us up through his goals then of course this was a massive deal for Villa. However it just shows our place in the football world and especially with an owner like Lerner who in Lambert has the perfect manager to downgrade the club to just survival and pick up TV money.
At least we know that when we chant his name it is just a sign of appreciation for hopefully Benteke keeping us up.