Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes the club's Belgian striker Christian Benteke is worth at least £25m.

The 22-year-old signed from Genk for £7m last August, but with his impressive displays and great determination to grab goals and points, his manager reckons he's now worth almost four times that figure.

The Belgium international is a key player for Villa’s survival chances, and if they do stay up this season, they have him to thank for it.

"He is hot property," Lambert told BBC Sport. "If you wanted to prise Christian away from here you would want a sizeable cheque, that is for sure.

"He has the potential to be fantastic. If you look at modern day figures then £25m is probably a good start."

Benteke has scored 15 Premier League goals this season for the Villains, matching Demba Ba and just behind Swansea’s Michu, who has netted 17. Considering Ba went for just £9m to Chelsea due to his release clause, to say Benteke is almost three times that amount does seem slightly ambitious.

Villa will want to get as much money as they can for the player, obviously, and with the market all about silly numbers recently, it's possible that they could attract offers around the £20m mark.

The claim that he is worth £25m seems a tad excessive especially when considering that the striker would surely have a different season had he joined another club.

 

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