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Benteke Weighs up his Options – London Calling

Aston Villa’s 22-year old striker Christian Benteke has been talking about his future career path at a press conference in the USA whilst on international duty with the Belgian national team. Benteke, who was fourth top scorer in the 2012-13 Premier League season with nineteen goals in his debut season in English football is hot property and has been linked with a big money move away from Villa Park.

He was quoted as saying “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” and “If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I’m convinced we can reach a compromise where everyone comes out a winner.” However, his agent moved to play down the speculation by reiterating that his client is happy at Villa.

Benteke’s words will obviously have alerted Arsenal, who reportedly have money to spend this summer and may be on the look out for a striker to bolster their forward line. However, there hasn’t been any confirmed interest in Benteke from the Arsenal camp and it remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger would be prepared to splash out a large amount of money on one player from the Premier League rather than continue to look for value overseas.

If Christian Benteke does decide to push for a transfer away from Villa Park this summer and the Emirates Stadium isn’t to be his destination then he could still end up in London where Chelsea might show an interest if Jose Mourinho does take over as expected. Mourinho is known to be a fan of the strong, bustling centre-forward type player who is also good on the ball and he could look to build his attack around someone like Benteke in the image of his successful Stamford Bridge teams that were spearheaded by Didier Drogba.

The alternative destination in London could be White Hart Lane. Many people were surprised when they didn’t sign a striker in the January transfer window and Andre Villas Boas will probably look to strengthen his striking options this summer. News that Gareth Bale is staying put shows that they are ambitious to improve next season and Spurs will need a big squad to cope with their domestic and European campaigns so Benteke would be a logical recruitment for Tottenham Hotspur.

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