Sporting director Klaus Allofs has denied interest in Aston Villa’s Benteke.
Allofs said: “He’s a good player, but we have good strikers. We do not want to jeopardise the structure of our team.”
Whilst it is hard to imagine the arrival of one striker jeopardising an entire team, especially a striker of Benteke’s quality, the news of Wolfsburg pulling out of the race to sign him should delight Villa fans.
Wolfsburg have the money to approach Villa and offer a huge deal if they wanted to, whilst their status as a Champions League club guarantees Benteke European football if he was to move to the Bundelsiga.
They also have the benefit of being able to offer Benteke consistent first-team football, with the Belgian international a far better forward than Bas Dost or Nicklas Bendtner, who have been leading the line this term.
Liverpool are the other main contenders in the race to sign Benteke, as per the Telegraph, but they can only offer Europa League football - something Villa will be able to do if they win the FA Cup.
The Reds represent less of a forward move than Wolfsburg, and Benteke would seriously consider staying at Villa Park if they were the only club in for his services.
Wolfsburg were the most enticing prospect for Benteke, and them pulling out increases the chances of the 24-year-old staying at Villa Park, and that is truly a promising thought.