Paul Lambert has issued a warning to interested clubs that Aston Villa's vital trio of Fabian Delph, Ron Vlaar and Christian Benteke are not leaving Villa Park.
Aston Villa have been in indifferent form this season after such a promising start to the season dumbfounding many pundits. The trio have been impressive for the men in claret and blue, particularly Fabian Delph, who earned himself an England call up in August.
He impressed pundits with bright performances for the Three Lions against Norway, Switzerland and Estonia. Lambert, however, stated the window does not scare him.
“The window doesn’t worry me. I don’t visualise anyone going at all, but Randy will have the final say on finances," he is quoted as saying in a report from the Daily Star.
Paul Lambert has urged his chairman not to sell the clubs prize players and stated that Randy Lerner will have the final say, “He will always have the say on that but from a football point of view I’m really comfortable about not losing anybody in January.”
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“I’m pretty sure Randy sees the way things are going. But he’ll decide, it’s his money. He is the same. He has always been great. He is a great chairman to work for. I have always said that about him. I don’t have a problem.”
Lerner in the past has sold players for business purposes despite their strong footballing talents. Fans feel the club have not sufficiently invested into the club since the departures of players such as Ashley Young, Gareth Barry, James Milner etc.
However, Lambert has to be admired as he has tried to build a side using youth products and cheaper options, as Lerner has given Lambert limited resources.
Christian Benteke - staying put?
With Benteke unlikely to leave in the January transfer window after recently signing a new contract at Villa Park. Despite interest from teams such as Liverpool, Tottenham and Roma Christian Benteke seems to be staying put.
However, if a team put in a bid of around £20million for the Belgian international then it might well be accepted by the American chairman but Lambert will be hesitant to let him go and believes if he stays with Aston Villa he will go from strength to strength.
“I still think there is much more to come from him. His goal was world class on Saturday. He is definitely getting there. We have one of the best strikers in Europe in Benteke. He’s a player you’d pay to watch," added the Scot.
“If he keeps doing what he’s doing and keeps his feet on the ground and works hard let’s see what his career does. There’s a top player in him when he’s really on his game. He’s an absolute handful.”
Vlaar and Delph
Unlike Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar are out of contract come the end of the season. Vlaar impressed whilst on international duty for Holland in Brazil and with Louis van Gaal experiencing defensive issues at Old Trafford he may be keen to link up with his former centre half.
Delph finds himself in a similar predicament as he has impressed for his country - but will they stay or go in January? It is still to be seen but Delph has attracted attention from Liverpool.
Delph has stepped up his performances this year and fulfilling the potential he showed at Leeds impressing Aston Villa fans who will be devastated to see him leave now. Villa fans will be wanting to see the duo sign a contract at Villa Park sooner rather than later as the hounds come sniffing come January.
Paul Lambert seems very stubborn and adamant that the trio will not be leaving but when the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and AS Roma come calling it is hard for anyone to turn them down!