Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists in-form striker Christian Benteke is part of his long-term plans and not for sale.

The Belgium international is proving a bargain buy at £8 million with his performances since his summer move from Genk. Villa have offloaded key players such as Gareth Barry, James Milner, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing in recent seasons.

There has been speculation that Benteke could become a target for one of the leading Barclays Premier League clubs during the January transfer window. But Lambert said: "There's no point in us even being here if it's a case of bringing people in and then letting them go. What's the point in that?"

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