Christian Benteke’s rumoured departure from Aston Villa took another twist on Monday after Sky Sports sources revealed that Aston Villa have yet to receive any offers for the, supposedly, sought-after striker.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are among those to have been heavily linked in recent weeks by the likes of The Mirror, but a deal now seems hard to foresee given the rumoured £32.5 million release clause in the Belgian’s contract.
“The problem is they’re never going to pay £32.5million to get him because last season he didn’t play well enough for a long enough and that was partly down to injuries.”
Murphy described signing the 24-year old as a risk at his release clause valuation.
He added: “He’s a risky signing for a club to spend £32.5million on now. Inevitably when you have a really difficult injury it’s very hard to come back and play at your best level."
Benteke missed much of last season through injury and has struggled in recent years to keep fit for an entire campaign. He hasn’t yet demonstrated the form that would see Europe’s elite clubs come in for him and Murphy feels he need not be in any rush to leave Villa Park.
He added: “I think because he’s got age on his side... I would suggest to him stay another year [at Aston Villa], play 35 games, get 20 goals, and then you might get a move to one of the big boys.”
With all signs now seemingly pointing towards a Villa stay for the 15-goal striker, Liverpool and Spurs must turn their attention elsewhere in a bid to bolster their front line.