Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has thrown doubt on his career with the club in an interview whilst on International duty with Nieuwsblad.
The Belgian International has been in scintilating form for the club this season, helping pull the club away from the Premier League relegation zone.
The 19-year old has been quoted as stating in Nieuwsblad:
“If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won’t necessarily accept that. I do not in any way want to feel I didn’t get the most out of my career. With my family I will decide where my future lies.”
Benteke has been in discussions regarding extending his contract at Villa Park over the past few weeks, and his reported quotes will come as a disappointment to the club.
The forwards agent Eris Kismet said to Belgian broadcaster RTBF:
“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.”
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert appeared bemused by the interview and stated:
“I don’t mind agents at all but, sometimes, you need a bit of a reality check. This kid has only been in Britain for 10 months.”