Paul Lambert: There is 'no chance' Tottenham-linked Christian Benteke leaves in January

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Christian Benteke won't be leaving the club this month.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told the press that there is no way that striker Christian Benteke will leave Villa Park this month, as reported by BT Sport.

"No chance," he said when asked whether Benteke could leave. "Listen, there is no way and I am pretty sure Randy [Lerner, Aston Villa owner] will be totally fine."

Benteke was a £7m signing for Aston Villa back in 2012, and has hit 31 goals in 73 Premier League games for Villa since his move from Genk.

The 24-year-old may have missed Belgium's World Cup campaign with an achilles injury, but the powerhouse remains one of the top strikers in the Premier League even after such a tough blow.

Villa have scored just 11 goals in 22 games this season, and their continued struggles could mean Benteke seeks a move away from the club in the summer - but one team is allegedly interested now.

According to the Daily Mirror's transfer blog at 11am on Tuesday morning, Tottenham have made Benteke one of their top January targets as Mauricio Pochettino looks to add another forward to partner Harry Kane in attack.

Lambert is unsurprisingly adamant that Benteke will be staying with the club given that he's virtually their only attacking threat, but results need to improve before the end of the season, where teams will surely be queuing up to sign Benteke.

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