Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will do 'whatever is possible legally' to leave the club this summer, according to the player's agent.
As reported by the Independent, Kismet Eris revealed that his client won't be signing a new deal with the club, as he wants to join a 'higher team' in the immediate future.
Incredibly, Eris made this admission after being contacted by a Villa fan, who was posing as a Premier League manager.
Benteke, who enjoyed a fine second half to the season under the guidance of Tim Sherwood, has been heavily linked with a move away from the club of late, with the Premier League quartet of Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea all seemingly interested in his signature.
Benteke wants out
"There is one thing for sure, he will not sign a new contract. I am waiting on a phone call from Tom Fox, I have to meet him," Eris is heard saying in the clip posted on Facebook.
"One thing for sure is that Christian will do whatever is possible legally, by insisting if he has to, to leave Aston Villa.
"That is not because he is not happy at all, it’s because just he wants to play for a higher team.
"Whatever happens he will not sign a new contract, but I can only talk about a new contract when it is proposed. As for now, there is nothing."
It certainly appears, then, that the player is intent on leaving Villa behind in the near future, but it remains to be seen as to whether any of the interested clubs press ahead with a move for him anytime soon.
It has, of course, been noted of late that the player has a £32.5 million buy-out clause, so he certainly won't come cheap if he moves to one of England's elite clubs.
Who needs him?
There's no doubt about it, the quartet of Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea are all in need of attacking improvement ahead of the new campaign.
One thing's for sure, Liverpool, under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, must add to their strike force after a season to forget. With the likes of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert having failed to prove their credentials at the club, Benteke would certainly prove a step up for the club.
Tottenham, on the other hand, will no doubt be hoping to bring in a top-class striker to compete for places with youngster Harry Kane, who enjoyed a remarkable campaign in north London.
The duo of Manchester United and Chelsea, too, will surely look to add to their squads after the departures of Radamel Falcao and Didier Drogba.
Benteke is most certainly proven at the highest level of English football and would offer something different for any potential buyer.
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