Christian Benteke addresses his Aston Villa future

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The in-form striker believes he could have a long future at the club under Tim Sherwood but will wait until the end of the season before discussing matters with the Villa boss.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has told Sky Sports News HQ that he will hold talks with manager Tim Sherwood at the end of the season about his future at the club.

Benteke, 24, had struggled in front of goal over the first half of the campaign after returning from six months out with a ruptured Achilles, netting just three times in 18 total appearances.

His poor form even led the since-departed Paul Lambert to bench him for a handful of games but Sherwood’s subsequent appointment has led to a stunning turnaround, with the Belgian scoring eight goals in eight matches under the new boss.

To no surprise, his recent success has now stirred up speculation surrounding his future and the Daily Mirror reported following last week’s 3-3 home draw with relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers, in which he bagged a hat-trick, that both AC Milan and Wolfsburg will make a run at his signature in the summer.

However, Benteke, who has two seasons left on his Villa contract, stresses that he is enjoying life in the West Midlands with Sherwood at the helm and believes the club is now going in the right direction.

“Now I’m just trying to help the team be safe for next season and to try to get to the FA Cup final – then we will see,” he said on Tuesday afternoon. “We can do something good here. I’m just waiting to have a chat with him at the end of the season.

“I’m happy because I’m scoring at the moment but also because I’m playing the way I want. Now I have more chances and I’m fully fit,” he added.

“I didn’t get enough service [under Lambert] and I wasn’t fit enough but I knew that I would need time to be fit again.

“The confidence back then was a little bit low so it was hard for everyone.”

Signed from Genk in August 2012 for £7 million, speculation surrounding Benteke’s Villa future is nothing new after grabbing 34 goals in 67 games during his first two seasons at the club.

The imposing front man even submitted a transfer request in the summer of 2013, following reported interested from Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, per the BBC, but withdrew it just two weeks later and instead penned a contract extension.

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