Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood: Premier League rivals can’t afford Christian Benteke

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has attracted plenty of interest, with Liverpool reported to be among those monitoring his situation.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood is adamant striker Christian Benteke will be a Villa player next season after claiming nobody has the funds available to buy him, the Daily Mail report.

The Belgium international has been an absolute revelation since Sherwood inherited the reins at Villa Park, scoring 11 goals in his last nine games in all competitions.

His efforts have helped the Villans to pull themselves away from the bottom three and reach the FA Cup final following a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Wembley at the semi-final stage.

  Goals AssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameAerial Winners per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearancesMins Played
Christian Benteke 10 1 2.38 1.88 8.63 25.5 1.75 8 698

Yet, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, it’s not just goals that Benteke has contributed over the past six weeks, with his all-round play being of the very highest standard.

His two goals against Everton last weekend took his Premier League tally to 41 since arriving from Genk, a top-flight record for the highest scoring Belgian.

His success hasn’t gone unnoticed, however, as the Daily Mail report credits the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and German outfit Wolfsburg with holding an interest in the 24-year-old.

Sherwood, though, has sought to calm fans’ concerns regarding a summer departure, claiming that teams such as the Reds couldn’t afford a player he describes as the best striker in Europe at the present time.

“He is the hot striker in Europe at the moment. I don't know if there is anyone better. Christian's going nowhere — no-one can afford Christian. There is no price on his head,” Sherwood explained.

Villa boss Sherwood will be counting on his striker to keep up his amazing form and help the club stave off the threat of relegation heading into the season’s finale.

The Midlands outfit have West Ham United (H), Southampton (A) and Burnley (H) as their remaining fixtures and four points should suffice in preserving their Premier League status.

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