Christian Benteke has told Aston Villa that he won’t be held hostage if the club of his dreams want him this summer.
Benteke, currently on international duty with Belgium, has issued a veiled threat to the club after weeks of contract renegotiation talks ended without a new agreement.
Sections of the Belgian media claim the club’s 19-goal top scorer is considering a move to a bigger club after just one season at Villa Park.
And as he prepares for an international friendly against the United States, Benteke has been quoted by Nieuwsblad concerning his future at Villa Park in what could be the opening salvo of a summer-long transfer saga.
“If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won’t necessarily accept that,” he said. “I do not in any way want to feel I didn’t get the most out of my career.”
Villa have insisted they want to keep the 22-year-old striker and are prepared to reward him with a significantly improved contract – possibly doubling his current £25,000-a-week salary.
His agent Eris Kismet said: “There were discussions with Aston Villa, but nothing concrete has been achieved at this moment. He is on duty with the national team and then we have to deal with it after that.”
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