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Lambert: Benteke needs to stay at Villa

24 May 2013 16:00

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has urged striker Christian Benteke to stay with the club for at least another season.

The Belgian has enjoyed a remarkable debut Premier League campaign, netting 19 goals in 34 appearances to help Villa narrowly avoid relegation.

That form has reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal but Lambert believes the 22-year-old would be better served continuing his development at Villa Park.

"He's had one of those seasons where he's not been injured or suspended, until the last game, and he's not missed a game or any training. That's unique," he told talkSPORT.

"He's only 22 years old and he needs to remember that he's got so much to learn. He's only a kid starting out, he's going to have ups and downs like everybody else. Once he's played 300-400 games then you might start to think (he'll move).

"I don't mind agents at all, but sometimes you need a bit of a reality check. This kid has only been in Britain for 10 months.

"If somebody wants him now then they will want him in a year's time. Everyone at Aston Villa loves him. We've been speaking about extending his contract for the last few weeks but he's still got three years left."

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