Lambert warning for Benteke

  • Last Updated: June 7 2013, 9:34 BST

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned Christian Benteke that it would be a gamble to move away from the club this summer.

Paul Lambert wants Christian Benteke to stay at Aston Villa
Paul Lambert wants Christian Benteke to stay at Aston Villa

Christian Benteke

17. Christian Benteke

Title Number
Appearances 26 (5)
Goals 14
Assists 1
Yellows 5
Reds 0
*Current Season

The Belgium international has been strongly linked with a transfer after bagging 19 Premier League goals in his debut season following a £7million move from Genk.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are among the teams said to be monitoring the powerful 22-year-old after his key role in helping Villa beat the drop.

But Lambert feels that Benteke's future would be better served by remaining with the Midlands outfit, where he is more likely to feature on a regular basis.

The Scot told Talksport: "If you take that gamble to move to one of these huge clubs, then you might not play as many games.

"Footballers want to play. If they're hungry enough, then that's half the battle. The pressure on a young player moving is high.

"He's still a young lad learning the game and developing into a man."

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