Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood opens up on the sale of Christian Benteke

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Tim Sherwood has opened up on his disappointment at losing Christian Benteke to Liverpool.

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has told reporters for The Sun that Liverpool striker Christian Benteke wasn’t worth selling for any money, such was his importance at Villa Park.

After almost single-handedly preserving Villa’s Premier League status last season, Benteke left the club to join Liverpool in the summer after the Reds exercised his release clause.

Villa have since spent the money received for the Belgium international, bringing in as many as 12 new players on permanent deals, including Adama Traore from Barcelona.

However, the team have suffered so far this season and Sherwood feels the loss of their talisman was far greater than any sum of money received for his services.

“Christian wasn’t worth selling for any money. No money can guarantee you Premier survival — but that player could,” Sherwood was quoted as saying by The Sun.

“If Christian didn’t have that clause in his contract then £100m wouldn’t have taken him away from us.”

Huge void to fill:

Aside from his obvious goal threat, Benteke was instrumental in Villa’s all-round play and even contributed greatly when defending dangerous dead-ball situations.

While the former Genk man may not have made an immediate impact with the Reds, his departure from Villa has left his former side in a real mess and with a huge void to fill up front.

Rudy Gestede has been tasked with being his replacement. Yet, in spite of his aerial qualities, he lacks Premier League experience and Villa have so far struggled to get the best out of him.

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