Lam­bert: £25m will only buy Ben­teke’s boot

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AS­TON VILLA boss Paul Lam­bert in­sists he would not sell hit­man Chris­tian Ben­teke – even for £25mil­lion.

The Bel­gian ace has yet to get go­ing on his re­turn from in­jury, but he re­mains the most likely player to end Villa’s dread­ful goal drought.

Lam­bert’s side have not scored in over eight hours and have man­aged just 11 goals in 22 Pre­mier League games.

And the under-pres­sure boss said: “A top, top striker in foot­ball now, you are talk­ing 10, 15-plus mil­lion pounds.

“Chris­tian has been my big­gest sign­ing and now he is prob­a­bly, on his game, one of the best strik­ers in Europe.

“But there is no chance we couldn’t fend off a big bid for him.

“Even if it was £25m over three months. That would just be for his left boot, that one.

“Lis­ten, there is no way – and I am pretty sure Randy Lerner will be to­tally fine.”

Lam­bert hasn’t been helped by be­ing with­out bro­ken leg vic­tim Li­bor Kozak, who has not played since De­cem­ber 2013. PRES­SURE: Paul Lam­bert dis­cuss mov­ing on to ball work. But for the hor­rific break it was, he is do­ing well.

“I don’t know if he will play again this sea­son. A lot will de­pend on his heal­ing, how he is.

“We have to wait and be guided by him and the med­i­cal peo­ple on how he is do­ing.

“I knew the sit­u­a­tion at the club, I knew we weren’t go­ing to do these sort of things.

“I had to re­spect Randy’s way and there is no prob­lem – that is the way the club is.

“We are try­ing to get some­one in. But if you look at Jer­main De­foe, ev­ery man­ager wants a top-qual­ity player like him.

“But he will be on pretty de­cent money.”

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