Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has hinted he would snub a move to Liverpool because he wants to play in the Champions League next season.
The Belgian has been heavily linked with a move away from Aston Villa when the summer transfer window opens, and both Liverpool and Arsenal are said to be interested. Benteke has a release clause believed to be worth around £30.5 million.
The striker has already confirmed that he wants to leave Villa Park and now it seems as though a move to Liverpool is unlikely because he wants to strut his stuff in European club football's leading competition.
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He told reporters in Belgium: "My agent knows my ambition. I want to play in the Champions League. That's a dream and my ambition.
"It's about [my agent]. He knows what I want and I'll let him do the job. I don't think about Aston Villa now. I did my season with Villa and now I am focused with the national team."
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Both Arsenal and Liverpool are likely to be in the market for a new forward come the summer. The Reds have already confirmed their first deal of the summer by snapping up James Milner on a free transfer from Manchester City, and will now focus their attention to bolstering their attack.
Mario Balotelli has failed spectacularly in his first season at Anfield and could be moved on, while there are doubts about the future of Fabio Borini as well.
Arsenal meanwhile have Olivier Giroud as their leading man and while the Frenchman managed 14 Premier League goals - one more than Benteke - and was on the scoresheet in the 4-0 FA Cup final win over Aston Villa, all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry believes he isn't the man to lead the Gunners back to the top.
He said in April: "I think Giroud is doing extremely well. But can you win the league with him? I wouldn't think so. He does a job, and he does it ever so well, but you can't win the league.
"Arsenal were at the top of the league last season, but everyone was saying they are not going win the league."
Benteke is a proven Premier League striker who will always score goals, plus he is quick strong and a superb link-up man.
His release clause may seem a little steep but Spurs paid £26 million for Roberto Soldado, Alvaro Negredo set Manchester City back a similar amount and Diego Costa, who before his last couple of seasons with Atletico was nothing special, so it's roughly the going for a coal-hungry forward - plus the new influx of TV money should soften the blow.
However if Arsenal or Liverpool are thinking of making him their number one guy then they could be mistaken - he still has to prove his worth as one of the best in the league before he gets that status.
Can Christian Benteke be one of the best strikers in the Premier League?
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