Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has insisted he is very happy at Villa Park amid ongoing speculation linking him with a summer move away from Birmingham, Sky Sports understands.
Benteke, who was named the players’ young player of the season earlier this week, has been one of the signings of the season after joining Villa from Jupiler Pro League side K.R.C. Genk for £7 million last summer.
The in-form Belgium international has bagged 22 goals and eight assists in 38 competitive appearances for Aston Villa this season, fueling rumours linking him with a big-money summer move.
However, the Premier League’s fourth top goal scorer is ‘very happy’ with life in Birmingham, with Villa currently in 13th-place in the league table and five points about the relegation zone.
“I am very happy to play at Aston Villa,” Benteke told the Birmingham Mail.
“I try to enjoy doing my job. When I come to the training ground I try to keep smiling because some people in their life have some hard jobs so we have to enjoy our jobs. That’s why I try to be positive all of the time.
“When I came the fans gave me a lot of respect and I try to give it to them back on the pitch.”
Benteke, who is currently valued at around £25 million, is reportedly attracting interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs, including bitter North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur and UEFA Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund.
Viktor Fischer plans Ajax stay
AFC Ajax forward Viktor Fischer has revealed he is not thinking about leaving the Amsterdam Arena in the near future, Sky Sports reports.
Fischer, 18, has enjoyed a fantastic debut season with the Dutch Eredivisie giants in 2012-13.
The 2012 Danish Talent of the Year and 2012-13 AFC Ajax Talent of the Year is reportedly being monitored by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of the summer transfer window.
Fischer’s team-mate and compatriot Christian Eriksen has also been linked with a summer move abroad.
However, Fischer is not ready to quit Ajax, and rightfully so.
“I have a lot to learn in Amsterdam,” Fischer told Voetbal International.
“I think I’m a wise guy. Only when you’re 25 do you show how good you really are.
“I have accomplished nothing here. It would be arrogant if I thought I was done here.”
Should he stay in Amsterdam, the 18-year-old Denmark international — whose current contract at Ajax expires in the summer of 2017 — will be playing UEFA Champions League football next season.