Christian Benteke has been given a deadline of early August to decide his Aston Villa future, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Paul Lambert’s team have started their pre-season tour of Germany without their striker, and the club are determined to net let the issue run throughout the summer.
The Belgium international has been told to return to the training ground, Bodymoor Heath, where he will join up with his team-mates on their return.
He has been given extended leave after handing in a transfer request, which came after reports that Chelsea were preparing a bid for Villa’s top scorer last season, with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool also interested.
But any clubs wishing to sign the player, who scored 19 goals in 34 appearances in his first season in the Premier League, may have been put off by the Midland club’s valuation of £25m.
Benteke has also played 12 times for his country, and may want to move to increase his chances of starting in Belgium’s team at next year’s World Cup in Brazil, should they qualify.
Though there may be nothing he can do if a deal can’t be agreed, as he there are three years remaining on his current contract.
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