Christian Benteke’s latest comments suggest he could leave Aston Villa

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Reported Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United target Christian Benteke hints that he could leave Aston Villa in the summer transfer window.

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has admitted to Sky Sports that he could leave in the summer transfer window.

The Belgium international has been on the books of the Premier League outfit since 2012, but it seems that he could now move on.

"I don’t know, I don’t think about Aston Villa now, I did my season with Villa and now I am focused with the national team,” Benteke told Sky Sports. "It's important to play. If you want to be in first 11 you have to play in your club.”

While Benteke does not explicitly say that he wants to leave Villa this summer, he does indeed hint to that effect.

After all, the 24-year-old could have just simply said that he wants to remain at Villa Park when asked about his future.

One cannot blame Benteke for his desire to leave Villa, though. The former Genk star is one of the better strikers in the Premier League, and he has outgrown the Villans.

The Belgium struggled to make an impact for most of the recently concluded 2014-15 Premier League campaign, but he came to life when Tim Sherwood replaced Paul Lambert as the Villa manager.

The former Standard Liege man scored 13 goals and created 33 chances in 29 Premier League appearances this season.

The Belgium had a pass accuracy of 67% and a shot accuracy of 45%, and won 187 headers, 17 dribbles and seven tackles.

Villa narrowly avoided relegation from the English top flight, finishing 17th in the league table with 38 points from as many games.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are all interested in Benteke, according to The Daily Star.

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