Chrisitain Benteke was recently watched by scouts from Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund as they line him up as a possible replacement for Polish Striker Robert Lewandowski.

The Aston Villa hit man has been superb in his first English Premier League season, scoring 19 league goals for the Villains as he fired them to Premier League safety.

The player's agent Eris Kismet has confirmed that scouts, including Dortmund chief negotiator Michael Zorc, were present at Villa Park on the weekend as Benteke scored and was also sent off in the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea.

Kismet told ESPN: "I am aware of the Dortmund representation at Villa Park for the Chelsea match, but Benteke is still a Villa player and nothing has changed on that point," he said.

"There were a lot of scouts from many teams who have an interest in Christian. Now Aston Villa's future in the Premier League is decided we will know more."

The 21-year-old has been a revelation in his first season in the Premier League since his £7 million switch from Genk in the last European summer and Kismet feels the interest from elsewhere is to be expected.

"It is natural for many teams to show an interest when Christian has had such a good season and scored many goals, but it is his first season in the Premier League."

Villa manager Paul Lambert is desperate to keep a hold of his star man and the striker himself has indeed been quoted as saying he would sign a new contract at Villa if they remained in the Premier League.

But the lure of playing for Jurgen Klopp and a team who may be European Champions by then could just be too much of a lure for the talented striker.

Villa could have its resolve to retain the player severely tested over the summer as both North London clubs Arsenal and Spurs have also been linked with a bid for the player.

It could be a scary summer for Villa supporters as Benteke has been the major reason that their side will still be playing Premier League football next season.


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