Club captain won’t stand in striker’s way
Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph has admitted that if striker Christian Benteke wants to leave the club, he won’t stand in his way.
Benteke is the subject of speculation regarding a transfer, with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham among those interested in the Belgian.
Delph, 24, hopes the forward joins him in signing a new deal to stay at Villa Park, which the striker has been offered, but clubs are sniffing around Benteke, who has a £32.5m buy-out clause in his contract.
Delph Hopes Benteke Stays
Skipper Delph, currently with the England squad preparing for Tuesday’s game with Slovenia, said: “It would have a big effect if he went. He is a great player, world-class, a good lad to have around as well. It would be a big loss. He scores a lot of goals.”
“I wouldn’t try to convince anybody, everyone is entitled to make their own decisions.
“If they have a chance to move on and better themselves, I can’t tell them not to do that.
“If they want to commit themselves to the club and stay there then happy days there as well. But it is down to that individual.”
Delph had made no secret that he hopes Benteke stays, and it would be a big blow to the Midlands club if he leaves. Benteke hit a fine run of scoring form after manager Tim Sherwood came in, replacing Paul Lambert.
by Steve Osborne