Benteke thankful for faith of Aston Villa boss Lambert

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has thanked his manager Paul Lambert for bringing him to the Premier League.

Lambert paid the Belgian club Genk £7m last summer for the then largely unknown youngster, a move Benteke appreciates was a gamble and which has motivated him to pay back his manager’s faith.

I like to give my all and do my job, and I have to give back to him for what he has given me. I was keen to come here because the manager was so keen to have me here. It’s different when people want you.

If you come for yourself it’s difficult, so it’s better when someone wants you. Since I was young it was my dream to come here and to play in the Premier League.

I think I have had a good start and I am full of confidence. For everybody, for me and for the club and for the fans, I think it has been good.

Benteke has had an immediate impact on English football, scoring 15 Premier League goals for the relegation-threatened Villa, form which has led to a number of rumours surrounding the player’s future.

Lambert responded to the speculation, with Sky Sports reporting that he has denied that any deal has been agreed, instead opting to praise the player’s impact.

Lambert said: “He’s the one that does it, he’s the one that plays the game, he’s the one that goes out there every week and he’s been a credit to himself and to the football team – that’s the main thing. I’d like to see him continue doing what he’s been doing and as for the rest we’ll see what happens.

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