Aston Villa Latest: Lazio join the list of Benteke admirers, Lambert backs stars for World Cup glory

A round up of the latest news about Aston Villa football club.

Italian side Lazio have become the latest team linked with a move for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke. Benteke was linked with a move away over the summer, even handing in a transfer request before doing a u-turn and committing himself to the club.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has backed some of Aston villa’s main stars to appear at the World Cup next summer. Villa have several English players who could feature in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the tournament in Brazil.

“I think it's great for the Premier League that England qualified because it's important. It's good for the manager and the players and it may be the last chance for some of the lads to play in a World Cup, which is great,” he told the Villa website.

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Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has called on his teammates to rally in front of home support against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. Villa recently produced a superb 3-2 win against Manchester City at Villa Park.

“It was very important to win the first home game and I think it will give us confidence to make us harder to beat and to win more games at Villa Park,” he told the club’s website.

Lambert has also had something to say ahead of that match against Tottenham, suggesting Andros Townsend has a long way to go to match the quality and consistency of Gareth Bale.

“You can’t jump on the bandwagon. It’s only two games. Gareth Bale did it over a number of years – that’s too much pressure to put on players. If someone plays two good games they are a world beater but Tottenham have an array of players,” said Lambert.

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Lambert remains confident that key striker Benteke will be fit to face Spurs this weekend. Benteke has been carrying a hip injury but the Villa boss has confirmed he trained well with Belgium during the international break and they will monitor his progress up until match day.

Goalkeeper Shay Given has praised the Belgian striker, suggesting he’s been superb from the very first day he joined Aston Villa. Given has called him a fantastic signing as he’s become the leader of Aston Villa’s attack quickly.

The boss has also piled the praise on the more experienced members in his first team squad, suggesting they have helped the club’s new signings settle in well. Lambert has praised the British contingent in the team for helping the new signings to find their feet.

Gabriel Agbonlahor has also given his manager reason for confidence and optimism, revealing he can’t wait to score in front of the Holte End again. The forward is targeting his first goal of the Premier League season and wants it to be this weekend against Tottenham.

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