Agent cools Benteke exit talk
Christian Benteke's agent has distanced the Aston Villa striker from comments suggesting he would try to force a move away from the club.
A report in The Sun on Friday linked the Belgian to just about all of the Premier League's leading clubs, and suggested that he would do everything he could to get away from Villa Park.
But his agent Eris Kismet told Sky Sports that the report was inaccurate and that Benteke was not looking to get in to some kind of war with the club.
Kismet said: "Christian and I are surprised and disgusted by a story in the Sun newspaper claiming Benteke can do what he wants.
"He has been misquoted.
"The true line is that Christian does not want to make a war with Aston Villa.
"He has called me today from New York and he is disgusted, I have told him not to speak to any media from now on.
"If there is interest, which is normal after the season he has had, no way will problems be made by Christian and myself. That is what he said in the interview!"
The 22-year-old old Belgian scored 19 goals in his first season in the Premier League and manager Paul Lambert insisted the striker still had plenty to prove despite talks beginning over an improved deal.
Lambert told talkSPORT: "I don't really 100 per cent know what's happened but he's got three years here at Aston Villa and the club have always come first.
"He's had one of those seasons where he's never really been injured and he's never been suspended except the last day.
"It's a unique thing, and he's got to remember that he's only 22 years of age - he's got so much to learn.
"He's only a kid starting out and he's going to have ups and downs like everybody else. Once he starts to play 400 or 500 games you might think, 'yeah, he's right good player'.
"I think sometimes we've got to have a reality check here. This lad's only been in Britain for 10 months. He's got the status at Aston Villa and everybody loves him."
Quoted in The Sun, Benteke had allegedly said: "If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won't necessarily accept that.
"I do not in any way want to feel I didn't get the most out of my career. I try to get everything.
"Of course playing the World Cup in Rio is in my head. But I have no fear of falling out of the team. There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa.
"If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I'm convinced we can reach a compromise where everyone comes out a winner."