Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke

Striker Christian Benteke has hinted he could stay at Aston Villa beyond the summer as he looks to repay boss Paul Lambert’s faith.

The Belgium international has been one of the stand-out performers in a struggling Villa side this season, scoring 15 Premier League goals following his summer switch from Genk.

The striker has been heavily linked with a move away from Villa in the summer – especially if Lambert’s side are relegated over the next few weeks – but Benteke has indicated a desire to stay and repay Lambert’s faith in him.

“I like to give my all and do my job, and I have to give back to him for what he has given me,” he told the Birmingham Mail.

“I was keen to come here because the manager was so keen to have me here. It’s different when people want you.

“If you come for yourself it’s difficult, so it’s better when someone wants you. Since I was young it was my dream to come here and to play in the Premier League.”

Despite Villa’s woes over the course of the season, Benteke insists his confidence remains high and he will hope to fire the Midlanders to safety with more goals in the games that remain.

“I think I have had a good start and I am full of confidence. For everybody, for me and for the club and for the fans, I think it has been good,” he added.

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