Christian Benteke to leave Aston Villa says Paul Lambert

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Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes that Christian Benteke will leave The Villans this summer, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Lambert said: “It depends how Aston Villa want to view it now. If Christian goes maybe they will get money to buy someone. But as a goalscorer and a player, he’s top class.

“I saw it a few years ago. In his first year at Villa he was only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi in terms of goalscoring ratio, which was an incredible achievement.

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“He’s certainly good enough. He’s only 24, he’s got years ahead of him. Okay he didn’t have a good game on Saturday but he is a top, top player.”

The 24-year-old striker has scored 42 times in the Premier League in just 88 appearances.

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The Belgian has been linked with a range of high-profile Premier League clubs in the past after several prolific season at Villa.

Time to move on?

But Lambert believes this will be the year that the former Genk star makes a move away from Villa Park: “It looks like if he is going to go, it will be this year.

“But I had it every year I was there that he probably wanted to go, because he was playing that well, you can’t stop teams coming in with that level of money.

Move to Anfield looking likely

Liverpool are current favourites to land the forward but the Merseyside outfit would have to match the sizeable £32.5m buyout clause if they were to be successful in their approach.

Benteke is expected to discuss his future with Tim Sherwood later this week.

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