Helenius saddened by Benteke
Aston Villa summer signing Nicklas Helenius has expressed his
disappointment at the news that Christian Benteke is looking to
leave the club.
Villa confirmed last week that Benteke, scorer of 23 goals in
all competitions for them in 2012-13, had handed in a transfer
Should the Belgium international depart, it could clear the way
for June arrival Helenius to establish himself as Villa’s main
But the Denmark forward – who has netted twice for his new club
on a pre-season tour of Germany which Benteke, given extra time off
until July 18, has not been a part of – is keen for the pair to
Helenius, quoted by the Birmingham Mail, said: “We have not been
given much information about why he is not joining us for
pre-season, but apparently he has put in a transfer request.
“It is down to the club and player how they want to handle the
“It is not something that I take much joy from even though it
improves my chances.
“We need the strongest possible squad for the upcoming season
and I was looking forward to being in the same side as Christian
“In that respect it is sad what is happening around Benteke as
he was definitely one of the players that I was looking forward to
observing and learning from.”