Arsenal transfers: Paul Lambert urges Christian Benteke to stay at Villa

Arsenal transfers: Paul Lambert urges Christian Benteke to stay at Aston Villa amid interest from the Gunners and Tottenham

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Paul Lambert took over at Aston Villa in the summer Photo: Back Page Images

Paul Lambert has urged Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke to ignore interest from Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

The Belgium international has been linked with a big-money move after scoring 19 Premier League goals in his first season in the English top flight.

However, Lambert reckons Benteke, who arrived from Genk last August, would benefit from another season at Villa Park, while also praising the striker’s attitude.

“He’s had one of those seasons where he’s not been injured or suspended, until the last game, and he’s not missed a game or any training. That’s unique,” Lambert told talkSPORT.

“He’s only 22-years-old and he needs to remember that he’s got so much to learn. He’s only a kid starting out, he’s going to have ups and downs like everybody else. Once he’s played 300-400 games then you might start to think [he’ll move].

“I don’t mind agents at all, but sometimes you need a bit of a reality check. This kid has only been in Britain for ten months. If somebody wants him now then they will want him in a year’s time. Everyone at Aston Villa loves him.

“We’ve been speaking about extending his contract for the last few weeks but he’s still got three years left.”

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