Ray Parlour casts doubt over Aston Villa keeping Christian Benteke

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Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour suggested Tim Sherwood may have to sell Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke if the offer is good enough.

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour told talkSPORT that he feels it will be difficult for Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood to keep hold of striker Christian Benteke.

Benteke has been in revitalised form since Sherwood came in as the club’s manager, because he’s based the team’s attacking style around the Belgian.

However, Parlour has suggested that makes him a target and feels it could be difficult for the club to hang onto him if some big sides were to start making big offers.

“I know Tim Sherwood will be desperate to keep him, but if it’s a good enough offer then he could be on his way, but let’s hope that he stays in the Premier League – We want to see the best players and he’s been fantastic,” he said.

Benteke is the best striker that Villa currently have and someone who possesses the skillset needed to take advantage of any weaknesses in an opposition defence.

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann suggested only yesterday on Twitter that he feels his old side should be going all out to sign the striker and take him to Anfield ahead of the new season.

Sherwood is a realist and a very honest manager who won’t pull the wool over the eyes of Aston Villa’s fans if formal offer start coming in for the attacking star.

Sherwood will be aware of how important Benteke is for Villa, but he will take a step back and judge the situation to see if taking a big offer will benefit the club and his team as a result.

For now, his only focus will be on Benteke scoring the goals, which guarantee the club’s Premier League safety and gives them a chance of winning the FA Cup.

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