June 10, 2015 16:28:16 UK
Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has revealed that his club will offer Christian Benteke an improved contract to try and keep him at Villa Park this summer.
The Belgium international striker finished the recently-ended campaign in superb form, scoring nine times in ten games as Villa avoided relegation and also reached the FA Cup final, where they lost 4-0 to Arsenal.
We will offer Christian Benteke a new deal this summer, of course we will.
And that run in front of goal prompted talk of interest from a number of bigger clubs in the English top-flight, with Benteke seemingly keen to play at the top level in Europe.
He was recently quoted as saying: “My agent knows my ambition, I want to play in the Champions League. That’s a dream and my ambition.”
However, Fox has not given up hope of persuading Benteke to stay put for the time being, as he told Sky Sports News: “If Christian wanted to leave, would we stand in his way? It’s very difficult to make a blanket statement about a player wanting to leave.
“There has been a lot of speculation and I’m not going to contribute to it or play any of our transfer strategy out in the press. But we will offer Christian Benteke a new deal this summer, of course we will.
“Look at what happened with the re-signing of Fabian Delph, no-one would have thought that was possible or even something he should have done and yet he did it.”
Villa can be backed at to 5.00 be relegated from the Premier League next season, with West Bromwich Albion 5.50 and Leicester City 4.50.
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