Report: Christian Benteke will seek playing-time assurances before deciding whether to leave Aston Villa

Benteke will only leave Aston Villa this summer if assured of consistent playing time at a buying club, despite Liverpool and Chelsea interest.

Benteke looked set to leave Villa this summer, but a report in the Daily Mail suggested that he will consider his future depending on assurances of playing time ahead of the 2016 European Championships.

The likes of Liverpool and Chelsea have been linked with making a summer move for the Belgian international striker, as per the Telegraph, with the 24-year-old’s 16 goals in 34 games doing much to prove his Premier League ability.

However, no transfer has yet been agreed, and Villa are very much against losing their star man. They have no one to replace Benteke, and his impressive goal tally, and losing him would be disastrous for Tim Sherwood as he attempts to re-establish Villa as a force in the top half of the Premier League.

The Birmingham-based club were fearing an exit this summer, but the new report gives hope to Villa that they will be able to keep ahold of Benteke, as they can assure him a consistent starting role as lead striker for the entire campaign.

The centre-forward does not want to miss out on playing for Belgium at Euro 2016, and it is believed that he fears for his place if not guaranteed a starting role next season.

Therefore, he does not want to secure a transfer to a club at which he is unlikely to play - ruling out a move to Chelsea.

Liverpool are still a viable option, but it is likely that Daniel Sturridge would still be first choice. There are no guarantees as to his fitness, and Benteke may be able to fill the void when the Englishman is injured, but Brendan Rodgers is sure to look at Sturridge when fit and available for selection.

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