Aston Villa unfazed by interest in Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has shrugged off reports of interest in Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph from the likes of Roma and Liverpool.

Paul Lambert did not look like a man overly concerned by reports of interest in his key men when pressed on the issue at a festive press conference.

He is aware that transfer gossip will rage at this time of year, with the January window about to swing open.

Villa have attempted to ignore the speculation for the most part, with there are a reluctance on their part to discuss each passing rumour.

Lambert is refusing to waver in that stance, with the Scot unfazed by the threat of New Year raids.

He has seen the likes of Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke linked with Liverpool and Serie A side Roma, but no official offers have been tabled as yet.

Lambert said: “You’re never quite sure until somebody phones or they send anything in. But at the minute I’ve not even worried about anything like that.

“Until something comes or something happens, you look at it and you view it, but I’ve never really sat and worried about it.”

Villa are more concerned with adding to their ranks than sanctioning sales.

They remain the lowest scorers in the Premier League and parting with a talismanic figure such as Benteke would make little sense.

Big money could be taken for the Belgium international, but he is a priceless commodity at present and needs some assistance to be drafted in alongside him.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch