Tottenham transfers: Paul Lambert rules out Christian Benteke exit
Paul Lambert is determined to keep Christian Benteke at Aston Villa
Paul Lambert has ruled out the possibility of Christian Benteke leaving Aston Villa in the January transfer window.
The Belgium international has been linked with a move away from Villa Park amid ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of the Birmingham club.
Tottenham Hotspur have been touted as a potential suitor for the 21-year-old striker as Mauricio Pochettino looks to bolster his Spurs squad.
However, Villa manager Lambert was emphatic in his stance that the giant striker won’t be moving away from the one-time European champions this month.
“No chance [Christian will be going],” Lambert told the Daily Mail.
“Listen, there is no way and I am pretty sure Randy [Villa owner Randy Lerner] will be totally fine. “Christian has been my biggest signing and he was millions of Euros. Now he is probably, on his game, one of the best strikers in Europe.”
Benteke has scored two goals and has made one assist in 13 Premier League appearances for Villa this season.
The towering striker missed Belgium’s World Cup campaign in Brazil after he ruptured his Achilles tendon in April 2014, keeping Benteke sidelined for six month.
The Belgian has netted 31 goals in 71 Premier League appearances following his £7m switch from Genk in 2012.