Aston Villa should sell Benteke if the bid is right, says Cascarino.



Aston Villa should sell Christian Benteke if he doesn't want to remain at Villa Park, says former Villa striker Tony Cascarino.

The Belgium international ended last season strongly, as he returned to form after Tim Sherwood replaced Paul Lambert, scoring 12 goals in 13 games.

The 24-year-old has been linked with a move away from Aston Villa following widespread reports suggesting top sides in Europe are looking to secure his services, and Cascarino says Villa should sell if the Belgian is not committed to the club.

"You're fortunate to play for clubs like Villa and, I believe, if the player doesn't want to be there then you have to look elsewhere," he told the Express and Star.

"I don't like keeping players who don't want to play for you. I'm not convinced clubs are sure at £32million [Benteke's reported release clause].

"He came back after injury and looked a shadow of the player for six months, he looked nowhere near the Benteke that ripped teams apart and took on teams on his own at times.

"And then he got back into the fold once Tim [Sherwood] got the job and looked the Benteke of old. But that's only over a four-month period."


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