Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is adamant that star striker Christian Benteke will not be sold in January.

Excellent recent form has put Europe’s major clubs on alert as the deadly striker is single handily keeping Villa above the relegation zone.

The Belgian international moved to Villa Park for £8million from Genk in the summer and took a few weeks to settle into Premier League life. However a stunning individual display at Anfield last week along with another six goals in 16 appearances have made him a fans favourite with the claret and blue faithful.

Benteke’s fellow Villa striker Darren Bent has been on the fringes of Lambert’s recent Villa squads and it is widely expected that he will move on in January, leaving Benteke to lead the line.

Lambert has reiterated that he needs to keep his key players in order to progress up the table and achieve his long term goals.

“There’s no point in us even being here if it’s a case of bringing people in and then letting them go,” Lambert told talkSPORT.

“What’s the point in that?

“We’re trying to build something here which can take a few years and you need good players with you to achieve that.

“There’s no point in them coming for half a season or a year and then we let them go.

“That’s not the right way.”

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