The Christian Benteke Saga
Aston Villa gave Christian Benteke his big break in the Premier League but now, they're facing a fight to keep hold of their star striker.
July 16th, 2013
On the 31st August last year Christian Benteke had completed a £7million deal to sign for Aston Villa and agreed a four year contract.
Most of the footballing world wasn’t aware of who this 6ft 3inch striker was and Villa manager Paul Lambert was forced to defend the signing along with the other unknowns he had signed that summer.
Just 15 days after becoming an Aston Villa player the young Belgium striker came of the substitute bench to score on his debut in a 2-0 victory over Swansea City.
He then went on to score 19 Premiership goals – 23 in all competitions and clubs right across Europe began to sit up and take notice.
Villa had no desire to sell, didn’t need to sell and most expected to see another season out of the striker in a Claret and Blue shirt however on the 8th of July the club announced that Christian Benteke had handed in a transfer request with Tottenham Hotspur becoming the favourites for his signature.
Aston Villa immediately released a statement they would only sell their prize asset if their valuation was met and in the statement they stated they fully ‘expected the striker to still be with us for the 2013-14 season’.
The media of course have no idea what Aston Villa’s price tag is with some as low as £20million, while others have gone as high as £40million.
Paul Lambert stated on an interview with Talksport – live on air, that ‘£30million would be needed to get you to the table’ but that was before the transfer request.
Since then there have been many debates on social media websites suggesting that Christian Benteke isn’t worth the money Villa are requesting for him and I will repeat what I have said to most.
No, Benteke probably isn’t worth that as a football player and Aston Villa will probably agree with me. As an asset to the football club he is worth every penny they are requesting for him as he is in fact the star asset and some would say the reason we are still in the Premiership. Just like Gareth Bale isn’t worth the £80million being quoted by some media outlets – but he might be worth that to Spurs.
A players value is what he is worth to his current club and in Benteke’s case – the club holds all the cards.
As a 22 year old striker he could be 12 months away from representing his nation in the biggest footballing tournament in the world – The World Cup. Villa will know that the player, who still has a three year contract cant afford to go on strike like he did at his previous club Genk otherwise players like Romelu Lukaku would happily take his place in Belgium’s front-line.
Therefore I fully expect this transfer saga to rumble on a little while longer as its a well known fact that Tottenham’s Daniel Levy is as tight as it comes when parting with cash while Villa’s Randy Lerner can be equally as stubborn.
I personally wouldn’t be surprised if Tottenham didn’t stump up the asking price and he did play in a Villa shirt next season – but if they did then its some very good business for Aston Villa.