Chris Vill be in the shit if he tekes time off

Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By BREN­DAN MCLOUGH­LIN

CHRIS­TIAN BEN­TEKE is fac­ing a hefty fine if he fails to re­turn to As­ton Villa to­mor­row.

The Tot­ten­ham and Chelsea tar­get is due to re­port back for pre-sea­son train­ing in 24 hours, but he wants a deal to be struck be­fore then to avoid a pos­si­ble back­lash from his team-mates.

Villa, how­ever, are adamant they will not be bul­lied into sell­ing him and will only agree a move for the player – who still has three years left on his con­tract – on their terms.

Ben­teke, who earns around £20,000 a week, could be docked two weeks’ wages if he dis­obeys Villa’s or­ders and is a no-show to­mor­row.

He has al­ready been given the green light for ex­tra time off af­ter spend­ing the early part of the sum­mer on in­ter­na­tional duty with Bel­gium.

Back-up

The 22-year-old has form for such stunts af­ter go­ing on strike at his then-club Genk to force through an £8mil­lion move to Villa last Au­gust.

Ben­teke has his heart set on Spurs, who are pre­pared to TRIPLE his salary – way more than Villa have put on the ta­ble.

Paul Lam­bert is keep­ing tabs on Dutch league hit­men Luc Cas­taig­nos and Al­fred Finnbo­ga­son as a back-up plan to re­place want­away Ben­teke.

For­mer In­ter Mi­lan and Feyeno­ord for­ward Cas­taig­nos, 20, has im­pressed in Ere­di­visie for FC Twente, net­ting 13 goals last sea­son.

Ice­land in­ter­na­tional Finnbo­ga­son, 24, caught the eye at Heeren­veen with 24 goals.

Tot­ten­ham lead the chase for £25m-rated Ben­teke, who put in a trans­fer re­quest last week.

Villa skip­per Ron Vlaar in­sists they can have a much im­proved cam­paign af­ter sign­ing a host of new play­ers.

Nicklas He­le­nius, Jed Steer, An­to­nio Luna, Le­an­dro Bacuna, Alek­san­dar Tonev and Jores Okore have al­ready ar­rived dur­ing a busy sum­mer at Villa Park.

“They are re­ally good play­ers,” said Vlaar.

“We look for­ward to a bet­ter sea­son.”

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