19 May 2013

'He is incredible' - Boss claims £25m LFC target is like 'Messi & Ronaldo'. Exaggeration...?

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert continues to have delusions of grandeur over star-striker Christian Benteke. A few weeks ago, he claimed that the 'world class' attacker is 'worth £25m', and now, he's compared the Belgian's strike-rate to that of two of the world's best players.

In an interview on Thursday, Lambert warned Benteke that a transfer this summer would be a 'gamble', and heaped further praise on the youngster's shoulders. He told the Daily Mail:

"In the second half of the season Christian has scored nearly as many goals as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi which is absolutely incredible really.

"You are talking about the two best players in the world. The big guy has been scoring goals for us left, right and centre"


A few weeks ago, the Daily Mail claimed that Liverpool are 'weighing up a move' the Belgian:

"Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal have all had their interests piqued by the Belgian’s impressive start to his Premier League career"

Speaking to The Telegraph recently, Benteke's Agent, Eris Kismet, hinted that the the striker would consider a move at the end of the season. He said:

"At the end of the season, interested clubs will talk to Villa, but it has to be right the buying club and Christian. If all three parties are agreeable, something could happen"

Benteke's creative tally for this season is 23 goals/8 assists in 38 starts, which is a fantastic return, especially in a team struggling to avoid relegation.

After the Sunderland game, Lambert hailed Benteke as 'world class', and emphasised how his humility, a rare quality these days amongst elite footballers.

Benteke's goals are one of the main reasons Villa are not in the relegation zone right now, and bids will inevitably come in for him this summer. Reds legend Mark Lawrenson insists a new striker is a priority for the Reds this summer, and hopefully, one of the offers will come from Liverpool. He told the Liverpool Echo:

"Even if Luis Suarez stays, Liverpool will need someone to replace the Uruguayan for those first six games of next season and then provide much-needed back-up"

In a recent interview with the BBC, Lambert slapped a massive transfer valuation on Benteke:

"If you wanted to prise Christian away from here then £25m (€30m) is probably a good start. We can't stop people looking at him but he is under contract here. He is enjoying his football at the moment and doing fantastically well."

Benteke may be worth that amount, but I doubt any club will actually pay £25m. Former Villa and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore is, however, convinced Benteke is worth it, and he's tipped the striker to go on to great things. He told the Daily Express:

“Benteke can become a great European central striker, he’s a potential European superstar. Over the next four of five years Villa need to build a team around him.”



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109 comments:

  1. how is that comparing him to them?! He is merely stating a fact, in that he is the third highest goalscorer in Europe this annual year....

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  2. James Piggford9:58 pm, May 19, 2013

    I think the only ones with Delusions on Grandeur are Liverplop fans if you think you can attract a player as good as Benteke. If he were to leave Villa it'll be for a current top club, not a club that used to be famous.

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  3. Haha....you think you can afford Benteke or that he'd remotely want to go to scouseland?

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  4. If you guys don't think he is worth it then stop writing pointless articles about him! He'll be at villa next season and will probably move to a big club in a few years time unfortunately for you guys who just have delusions of being a big club!

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  5. I hear the sun newspaper is not available on merseyside but never mind because this shite website more than makes up for it!

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  6. People still don't get it: if you can't post comments without remaining civil to other posters, and in general, your comment will be deleted. Like it or lump it. And that applies to rival fans too. If you disagree with the article, and/or other posters, then do so in a civil manner, or go elsewhere.

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  7. He's not a target, lfc can't afford him and he's categorically stated he is staying at villa! Buy darren bent instead he's muchmore lfcs level.

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  8. Shut up Nick Reed what team do you support, clearly your teams not worth talking about therefore you write silly comments on articles to do with other clubs.

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  9. In the last paragraph, I stated that Benteke probably IS worth £25m, so the opening line of your comment is redundant. It really is disturbing how people nowadays repeatedly fail to comprehend the simplest of sentences.

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  10. Liverplop, concentrate on your toppling your neighbours first, before trying to get back in the Sky loved top 4..... Get real, You can't afford Benteke, but, with your Nector points you collected this year... You could afford Ireland, Given or Bent, but there again, your owners can afford to draw up another new Stadium plan for you to master bates over.....

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  11. Haha, I'll laugh when he moves to us and says its always been his dream to move to one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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  12. How can LFC not afford him?

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  13. He never said he was like messi or ronaldo he said he's scored almost as many goals this year which is a true statement

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  14. Redundant? Like your use if quotations?! You've picked three words from an interview and patched them together to make a statement! Lets not get picky shall we you lazy wannabe journo!

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  15. how has he said hes as good as Ronaldo or Messi? hes said about the goals he's scored this year.... maybe he'd go up in oyur estimation if he bit people or was racist?

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  16. In Paul lamberts "delusional" interview he said nothing of the sort! You can't just pick words from a statement and make your own headlines! It's disturbing these days what passes for journalism!

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  17. What a stupid article. At which point did Lambert say he was like messi or ronaldo? He said he has scored nearly as many goals in the second half of the season. These are two completely different things. Why therefore has he delusions of grandure?!

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  18. What a stupid article. Lambert never said he was as good as messi or ronaldo, he said Benteke has scored nearly as many goals in the second part of the season. These are two completely different things. Why thereforedoes he have delusions of grandure?

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  19. Stupid article, and you even delete posts which highlight how stupid it is

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  20. I keep saying this, but for that amount, leave him be, there are PROVEN goalscorers available for that kind of money, Benteke could be the best thing since sliced bread or he could be this year's Jelavic.
    IF he does it again next year, he will have outgrown Villa and will move to a top club, whoever that is. If not, then we won't look silly again like we did with Carroll

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  21. @Nick Reed LFC sure does got an inordinate amount of attention for such an insignificant club as opposition fans would love to make out!


    Every clubs' fans has dreams though. What are they for Aston Villa fans though - being a mid-table club again? Or just one day being the best in the Midlands again?

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  22. When Bent was playing Villa were a top 6 side. But he doesn't fit into your current team of relegation battlers. So I guess you're just about right.


    Tbh I wouldn't mind LFC taking him if the price was right.

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  23. Totally agreed Mike Aitcheson

    Once you're stepping into the £20m price range, you should be buying players that are almost a sure thing, not taking a punt on a year or two's form, like we did with Carroll, Downing et al

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  24. thanks for deleting my comment as well Jamie..perhaps because I pointed out how you were wrong?

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  25. We don't need someone as good as Messi and Ronaldo because we already have him, Luis Suarez. Not even after Suarez's unjust punishment caused him to have to sit out the final four games of the season could Benteke overtake him. I'm convinced, going by the amount of goals scored since his the FA shafted us, again, that he would have hands down topped the top scorers table today.Benteke will move because he knows no loyalty. Ask any Genk or Standard supporter you can find.

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  26. Get a grip Liverpool - do you think the kid wants to become the next Andy Carroll? Do yourselves a favour - spot and develop your own young talent - it didn't seem to harm you in the past.

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  27. Are you mad Eric? The fella tried to bite another player - again! He may be brilliant - but you are as mad as he is if you don't see why that gets a ban.

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  28. Nick - 1- 3 with a team that cost £27million is answer enough. And better yet - you gave us £20mil of that for Stewey boy. Bargain.

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  29. DARREN BENT "Much more LFC's level" you cheeky c@nt.Your desperation to keep eyes off BENTEKE is clear for all to see.You're treating the man like a hot chick and your playing the role as the jealous boyfriend,it's pathetic!
    Get a grip ASTON VILLA fans no one on this website makes signings for LFC.

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  30. So why wasn't Defoe suspended?

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  31. I think the editor of this website should get a grip. He keeps writing utter rubbish regarding Benteke. Back to the point, why is Lambert having delusions of grandure? He simply said Benteke has scored nearly as many goals in the second part of the season as messi and ronaldo. Not that he was like them! After all, this is what the article is about... An answer please editor?!

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  32. How come so many villa fans have come out getting so angry, sounds like small man syndrome to me. Good luck avoiding relegation next year.

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  33. because he was punished on-field by the referee. accoridng to FA rules, if an incident is already spotted by the referee , and the perpetrator is punished with a red or whatever, the match review panel can't do anything.

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  34. He did good this season, now do it again.
    The sophmore year is always an interesting one, sometimes you get Henderson who got better and sometimes you get Jelavic who struggled.
    So lets see what he can do next season, he has the look of a 25m forward now he just has to prove it

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  35. lets get the 2 Christians (benteke n erickson) den God will have mercy on us.

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  36. And of course that World class £25mill Darren Bent, wow you have such talent there in Birmingham.

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  37. Lambert had said this after stating the FACT that only Messi and Ronaldo have scored more league goals than Tekkers in 2013, so your comment over Lamberts delusions of grandeur is redundant. "It really is disturbing how people nowadays fail to comprehend the simplest of sentences.".......three words Jamie K.....POT....KETTLE.....BLACK!!

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  38. More delusional bollox from the bin dippers of self pity city, Andy Caroll £35m? Enough said.

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  39. He got a yellow card - didnt he ?
    Dumb fa rules eh ?

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  40. Check our respective trophy cabinets.
    Enough said.

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  41. The irony of a Liverpool fan calling someone else deluded...

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  42. nick why have the fa brung in a mandotary 5 game ban for racism yet gave suarez 8 it stinks m8

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  43. Ok but can you remove the dust before we get there?...

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  44. It's gone from friendly banter to disgusting insults.As usual you always get a stupid w@nker that takes it too far.Self pity city, I think we all know what your referring to.Is this the level ASTON VILLA fans resort to when being teased about BENTEKE.
    VILLADAYS you've taken retardation levels to a new low.I expect this from CHELSEA or MAN U fans after they booed Hillsborough but i thought VILLA fans had more class.

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  45. Powerfull, fast, young, 20 to 25 goals a season striker that can play on different positions in attack. I am talking about Daniel Sturridge...

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  46. JK you let what this fuckt@rd says stand but delete my response what a joke!

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  47. the 5 game ban is a minimum.

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  48. Tell me Nick what constitutes a big club Nick a few poor seasons and your club shrivels does it if Liverpool are small Villa is unknown.

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  49. People defending his behaviour stinks. The guy is more trouble than Maradonna was, and he ain't no Maradonna by any stretch. We should get rid ASAP while we can still get money for him. He'll do something equally stupid next season and end up with another long ban. He's either monumentally stupid or has the mentality of a 3 year old child.

    He got 8 games for persistent abuse, whereas Terry got 4 for saying it once, despite being acquitted in a court of law. The biting, how could the FA give him less of a ban than he got in Holland after having 'previous'? If he repeat offends - the racism or biting - in England, his next ban will be even longer, possibly permanent, and the FA DO have the power to ban a player for life.

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  50. Lovin the banter. lfc can buy who they want, we pay silly money all time for players ie carrol, downing, henderson not saying they any good but we got the money we not in debt. To pay 25 mil for a guy who had 1 good second half to a season would be another mistake. Keep buying the young players at low prices like sturridge and courtinho worth every penny๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  51. You've spent more than Man City, Utd, Spurs and Arsenal over the last 24 months, and finished outside the top six. We played a youth team all season and have got better and better towards the end of the season. Relegation was the gamble we took, you are just a mid table team and will always be now.

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  52. If his strike rate is similar to Messi and Ronaldo this year, then its not an exaggeration. Its not like he says, he is as good as them. Just that he has scored nearly as many goals (I don't know how many they have all scored).
    I don't think he would be sold for £25 million+, but I think he could get around £20 million.

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  53. Aston Villa also seem to have mastered the Jedi mind tricks because they always seem to get that extra few mil out of their sales. so if he does have another season like this one maybe they could stretch out his fee if they decide to sell

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  54. Did he claim Benteke is like Messi and Ronaldo as per your headline? No. He said he has scored almost as many goals as those two players in the second half of the season which, at the time of the statement, was accurate and, therefore, not an exaggeration. Your headline is redundant.

    Drogba: 35 apps for Marseille with 19 goals and transfers to Chelsea for £24m 9 years ago at the age of 26.
    Benteke: 34 apps for Aston Villa with 19 goals and valued at £25m or more and he's only 22.

    Would a big club like Man Utd, City, Chelsea or Arsenal benefit from Benteke? He may stay at Aston Villa this coming season to ensure his International place for next summer but then probably move for bigger money to a successful club.

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  55. he kept us in the PL last season...arguably that is priceless?? would have lost a lot more had we have been relegated. Remember big Andy Carroll- 35mil?

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  56. deluded pal

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  57. surely it's harder to play at a 'mediocre club' since you have less good players around you for service etc. Secondly, Villa are and always will be a bigger club than WBA!! Maybe not as good a team at the moment, a bigger club for sure though.

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  58. Well said Greg!!!! Villa are useless!!!!

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  59. I have to agree with you Mr Reed, if Benteke keeps improving he will be going to one of the best clubs in Europe, Liverpool aren't one of them at this point in time and are unlikely to be in the foreseeable future.

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  60. the fa state 5 for the 1st offence ten if you do it again if suarez got 8 it should be 8 for the 1st

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  61. Since it is now seasons end how long can u foresee the future oh nostradamus

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  62. why do we stink ,your having a laugh just because he offends your self importance

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  63. I am basing my opinion on the fact he scored 10 in a half season, with no time to adjust. You are basing yours on what

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  64. I'm basing mine on the fact that overall in his career he's only scored 49 goals in 156 appearances- whilst having previous PL experience at various clubs. Whilst Benteke on the other hand, first year in the PL, has scored 19 goals in 38 appearances

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  65. Oh and lets not forget sturridge is playing with service from the likes of gerrard, coutinho and downing, whereas Benteke is playing with service from a recent Crewe player (westwood) and a recent french division 2 player (Silla). You could also make note of the fact sturridge is a year and a half older than Benteke...

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  66. I am not saying our is better than yours, just saying that having Daniel we do not need to spend that much money on a player not that much better, if better at all... plus, who knows would he be good here as he was at Villa...

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  67. It was a matter of being in the right club, and now he is.

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  68. Ours is pretty clear actually seeing as it was opened up just a year ago to add another new trophy.


    Villa's may need a little more attention though, seeing as it hasn't needed to be opened in God knows how long now...

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  69. So he scores 1 in 3 as a rotation player and it's 'delusional' to think that the same player could then improve to a 1 in 2 ratio as the main striker?


    I'm pretty sure half the people throwing this tag all over the place don't even know what "deluded" means!

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  70. that was when I thought he was trying to suggest Sturridge has proven a better striker than Benteke

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  71. LFC will always be a mid-table team? Really?
    And Villa will be??

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  72. Yea I remember Andy Carroll. He just kept West Ham in the Premier League.
    What a generous lot we are at LFC eh!

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  73. That's not enough forwards. Sturridge is pretty injury prone (and ideally a wide-forward imo, just as Suarez is) and Borini is totally unproven so another CF should definitely be a priority.


    I agree about the need for a physically dominant CB and DM, but Eriksen would just be a luxury signing. Coutinho already fulfils the playmaker role and Suso needs to start playing sooner rather than later, before he follows the same fate as Pachecho before him

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  74. Seeing as LFC apparently is not a "big club" anymore, could you define what "big" is?

    If it's not merely about the state of your current team, than what is it, and how do you lot qualify your statements that LFC are no longer worthy of such a moniker?

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  75. ooo yeah, all of those 7 goals he scored went a long long way to ensuring the premier league safety of west ham...i mean...they just avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth..10 points!

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  76. I haven't once said LFC aren't a big club. IMO they are and are one of the biggest in the country. 'bigness' is measured on length at top levels, trophies, previous players, fan base, stadium, all time rankings in the performance tables.

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  77. Suso, Sterling and youngsters should be starters at cups, and that should be enough, if they prove themselves, than half an hour in the prem. Couthinho and Suarez wide, with Sturridge as No 9. stevie, new dm, eriksen and allen to pick from for the middle three with downing and hendo waiting. sell lukas even though i apprecciate what he did for us. borini will unfortenately stay and with yesil and others, we do not need a striker unless he is cheap and very good. Strong, well rested and hungry midfielders who are not guaranteed starting eleven is the key in my opinion.
    And when injuries or bans come we can win with creative midfield and say borini or even shelvey up front.

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  78. Rubbish article.

    Where exactly does Lambert compare Benteke to Messi and Ronaldo?

    Oh that's right, he doesn't, he just says they are the only players to have scored more in Europe in the second half of the season, hardly a comparison is it?

    Furthermore, seeing as you do not watch Aston Villa week in, week out, you are basing this poorly researched and ultimately biased article on nothing more than the overall statistics, which are still incredibly good, because to suggest nobody will be willing to pay that much or the even more outlandish notion that Benteke would ever be interested moving to a club that aren't even in European competition is not only laughable but backs up the claim that you are the most deluded fans in the country.

    Benteke will not be moving sideways i'm afraid, he'll move on to much big and better than yourselves.

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  79. Honestly thrilled that Villa found the man because its about time the fans got a little bit of joy having seen their side slip from Champions League contenders a few years back to where they are now. He's a fabulous striker there's no doubt about it but I can't see LFC paying 25mil for him. Carroll did the same thing before we bought him and now, if reports are true, we'll be lucky to recoup half of what we paid for him. Let's not rush in buying a player because of one good season when there are the likes of Lukaku and Bony who have shown more consistency in their abilities to score over their careers (if thats the type of player BR thinks we need). I personally think he's better off at Villa where he's the star there and won't be guarenteed that elsewhere and the EPL is a better watch when more teams have real dangermen in their sides that can help pull upsets. It also would be nice to see a player being loyal to a club that took a gamble on him for a decent amount of pocket change

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  80. Tesoman,

    the sad truth from a LFC perspective is that Benteke is way out of your price range and would never want to join a club that in the lives in the past.

    What LFC need to do is move on and look outside the premier league (Harrods) somewhere that is more suited to what they can really afford, rather then making delusional statements about the worth another player that they are so desperate to have on their books.

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  81. Renny,


    why would Benetke ever want to join a club that geographically is situated in one of the most depressed places in the country??


    What you'll also find is that Benteke has made plenty of statements that he is happy at the club, hence the new contract negotiations.


    What you need to worry about is the state of your own club and the mediocre manager you have - by the way what had Rodgers actually won??


    Was he not the guy who got the chop at Reading because he was dire!!


    For AVFC next season will be a huge improvement with the squad and youth we have coming through the ranks, I'm afraid it will be another mediocre season for a once has been club....spending 15 million on the likes of Allen - LOL :)....

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  82. The majority of LFC fans didn't expect a top 4 finish this season as we were clearly in the begining of a rebuilding phase: the noise you probably heard were from fans who would get excited after we would win two games on the trot like we'd accomplished something.

    Not to sound disrespectful but I'm sure if LFC did come in with a 20-25mil bid and Villa accepted it, Benteke would be on the first plane over to merseyside and we'd be reading quotes on Sky about how its "a dream come true" for him and whatnot. Its all about money and trophies these days mate and there's a better chance LFC win the FA or League Cup than Villa based on recent history. The way we finished the season also shows that BRs plan is coming together and a player like Benteke will see that, the potential to make more money, and the better chance to win silverwear and probably leave.

    Having said that, I agree with you that we should be looking outside the league because of the overvalued market that is the EPL. There's no guarentee that Benteke can play at the same level in another system and from what we've seen with Carroll, BR is not going to change his system to accomodate a player. I think he should stay at Villa because it's working for him there and there aren't many other clubs above Villa that could guarentee him enough minutes on the pitch to continue this development because he could become a top top player. And he's the type of player Villa need to build a squad around if they want to challenge near the top again.
    Tottenham are in the market for a marquie striker, have money, and European football so don't be suprised if they try and test Lerner's resolve come August tho

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  83. By the fact that the FA then go on and ban another player for TEN matches, you'd think they would consider an offence more serious than racism and possibly murder. In that case, rules can be adapted to the situation don't you think? If they really wanted to? But of course Defoe isn't a foreigner. That helps. Anyway, the main point was that Suarez is twice the player Benteke is and ten times more loyal.Glad you agree.

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  84. Which can of course be adjusted based on the nationality of the offender

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  85. But Suarez had the audacity to call a black person......black! More than once! You just can't do that Jason. You can call Rooney ginger or Giggs an adulterer (although, Imogen Thomas, I can understand!) but you can never ever, not in your life, not ever, call a black person black. Evra is not black..he is an...eummm....African French person....or something....Well there is that and the fact that the FA don't know the difference between negro and mayate, which is what Suarez would have said if he really was a racist. But of course you cannot expect the FA to take informed decisions. All they need to know is, Suarez is a foreigner, so he gets a higher ban than Terry, who is not. For not doing something that Terry actually did do.

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  86. I read your comment about Benteke, Villa and Liverpool and thought it was one of the very good comments that wasn't just plied with bias.

    Villa have slipped down from their 3 consecutive Top 6 finishes. Their Chairman decided the wage bill had to be slashed and they needed to build for the future. Out went the 'old guard' and in came players from second tier divisions and leagues. I think I'm right in saying Guzan, Vlaar and Agbonlahor were the only Over-23's in their side when they beat Sunderland 6-1 so huge credit to them on PL survival. They are rebuilding and it's impressive to watch.

    I made comparisons below with Drogba; from another league with a very similar goalscoring record and he was shown faith by a 'big' club and went on to have a very successful career. Benteke has done it at a few clubs whereas Andy Carroll was only proven at one club. Maybe this is where the vital difference is. Benteke seems to have a lot more about his play than many other up and coming strikers.

    For the coming season, Benteke is better off playing for a club where he knows he fits in with their system and knows he should get the goals ensuring his place in the national team next summer. For prospective clubs; they can see if the player is a one-season sensation or has what it takes to step up as the main striker in a CL club. I don't think he would, perhaps should, go to a club not playing CL football if he is serious about being one of the best.

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  87. The problem is, calling someone black is not abusive. I wouldn't feel abused if someone called me white. White cnut would be abusive, which explains Terry's ban. White? Nope, not feeling abused at all. Sorry.

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  88. So it is official then, racism is not as bad as biting. Great message to send out FA. Sticks and stones and all that jazz...

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  89. suarez is a racist mate, however much you try to pretend it is not. The FA have no time for racists and neither do I, nor people who try to defend them

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  90. How is saying 'because you're black' and 'I don't speak to blacks' not racist?!?!?!

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  91. maybe so but would rather have Benteke than a racist, biting cheat who would severely damage the reputation of AVFC

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  92. we'll just see how villa fare over the next few seasons shall we before you're so hasten to belittle that club that smashed you 3-1 at your own ground with a bunch of lower-league kids

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  93. I read where this was Benteke's first year so we should see what he does in year two. OK...but I'd like to see that with him wearing red. He's 6'3" tall, big, fast and plays well...I've seen enough. I don't think we need another marquee striker, but this guy is something special and I think he has proved himself in the EPL already and doesn't need another year. AC is big but he's so slow it looks like he's wearing cement boots when he runs which isn't often. CB is also only 22...he's got a great future. Wouldn't you like to see him have that future at Liverpool?

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  94. Well off to the Villashop for you then and all dressed up in claret and blue next season. Good luck.

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  95. cheers pal. hope that that delightful, delightful red clubs of yours get the success every other club wishes you to next season (yeah right...)

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  96. RvP was worth 24..
    Benteke is worth 25..

    F**K LOGIC!

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  97. RVP final year of his contract and worth £24m. Makes sense.

    Benteke has all the pros saying how good he is. He joined Villa at the very end of August, came on as a sub and scored 17 mins later. 19 goals in his 34 games.


    The lad isn't just one for the future, he's doing the business now. Another cracking season, a good showing at Euro 2014 and he'll have a greater price tag.

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  98. I would be surprised if any opposition fans wished us good luck. If they cared about us so much, they should support us, not some other club. Don't be surprised if Benteke does a runner in the summer though. The guy doesn't know loyalty to any club.

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  99. I agree with you. Currently, it's probably going to be him and Lukaku leading the Belgian line for the world cup with the likes of De Bruyne and Hazard providing the attacking flare which will be great to watch(providing they qualify). We've seen what happens to young players who make big money transfers too early and I wouldn't be surprised if Lukaku voiced my sentiments and told him to stay at Villa at least till the world cup is over because I'm not sure he wants to risk going to a club and flopping before the biggest stage of his life.

    I also agree that he would want to move to a club with CL football to become one of the best but Tottenham have a knack for recruiting pretty good players even when they aren't playing in the CL. They are a team that has ambition and the best British player on their team, and if they tell Benteke that they want him to lead their front line for their push for a top 4 finish and three cup competitions that might be enough. I'm just saying don't rule them out because, as a LFC fan, I've seen how good they are at pulling suprise coups

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  100. ? Where are you getting that from...he's been at 2 clubs previous to us. His move to villa is inevitable since every player wants to play premiership football. We shall see my friend.

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  101. I think Benteke is doing the responding for me isn't he? The year he came to Genk, the second time, he was full of "it's like coming home" etc and then after one year, and a bit of interest from Villa he wants to leave. It's the same now. One decent year with you guys and he's off to the Arsenal given the chance. After one year. At yet another club that gave him a chance to further his career. I would like to think LFC players are more loyal than that. I know at least Suarez is.

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  102. It's a lot easier for you to keep players though? money and table position. Benteke might foolishly look at villa and think they aren't up to his standards, but for anyone quick to criticise villa, I would just say lets see what the next few seasons hold...

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  103. I believe and have always believed that Villa is a club with as much potential as the Liverpool or Manchester clubs. You're in the second biggest city in the country, your stadium can hold as many as Anfield and you have a loyal fanbase. Maybe not that big outside of England but that will come with success. You never saw any Chelsea jerseys on Mainland Europe before Abramovic either. You may not have a billionaire owner but he ain't exactly poor either so all you need is a good manager who is allowed to build a structure within the club, not held back by tradition and conservatism. From the bottom to the top, you need to have the same common idea and culture. That's how Man United has been succesful for over two decades and Citeh only for one year. I have nothing against Villa, except the selling us Downing thing....and just as with us, it remains to be seen whether you will fulfill your potential any time soon but it is there. My point is about Benteke. The man knows no loyalty and he's showing it again right now.

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  104. I agree. I guess I am just like any other villa fan and allow myself to dream we may be able to hold on to players of his quality, but it really doesn't look that way. As for the managerial thing, I believe we have finally found that manager who can change the whole structure and aims of the club and get us heading in the right direction. IMO, Lambert and Rogers are similar men with similar ideas of improving their clubs, it just happens that 1 of them is significantly further up the table at the moment

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  105. You can hold on to players of that quality. Not all of them will have their head turned as soon as they have one decent season. I see similarities between BR and PL too except that only one of them is a Celtic legend! I hope Lambert is given time, even if it means that things get worse before they get better. A lot is down to the patience of the fans so I hope you stand behind him the way you've done this season. That can't have been easy at all times.

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  106. If they were playing for Aston Villa, then they were Premier League players, not "lower-league kids". If you want to mock about defeats by lower league players, you should be thinking of Oldham. Or the defeats handed to your boys by Bradford and Millwall.



    Anywhoo, chill out - I don't bother to 'belittle' any club, regardless of their stature, until fans try to pull rank on LFC.


    Btw, I think that Lambert will be good for Villa in the long-term, but I'm willing to bet with utter confidence that Villa won't be finishing above Liverpool in the league anytime soon.

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