Christian Benteke embraces transfer speculation

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Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke is refusing to distance himself from speculation linking the the 24-year-old with a move away from Villa Park this season.

The Belgian striker has been linked with high-profile moves to several Premier League teams including Arsenal, Chelsea and favourites to land the want-away striker, Liverpool.

Eris Kismet, Beteke’s representative has claimed the Villa star has his sights firmly set on playing in Europe next season but the former Genk man is keen to focus on his national side now that his domestic campaign has finished: "It's about him (Kismet), he knows what I want and I'll let him do the job," said the 24-year-old, currently with his national side ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales and friendly with France.

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"I don't know, I don't think about Aston Villa now. I did my season with Villa and now I am focused with the national team. It's important to play. If you want to be in the first 11 you have to play in your club.”

Benteke has now scored 49 goals in 101 games for Villa since moving from Genk for a reported fee of around £7 million three years ago.

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The Villa front-man hasn’t had it all easy though, he missed last years World Cup after suffering from a ruptured Achilles and really struggled to assert himself in Villa’s recent FA Cup loss to Arsenal.

Despite his injury Benteke returned to score 12 goals in 13 games at the end of this season to help keep his side in the Premier League:

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I had some hard times with my injury but I knew my time would come and I would work hard for it," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

"I think I can be better in every situation - my left foot, right foot, heading. I'm still young and I'm motivated about working hard and being better than before."

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