Tim Sherwood has no doubt that Christian Benteke will remain an Aston Villa player next season, despite reported interest from elsewhere.
Benteke has scored 15 goals in all competitions this term, with 13 of those coming in a particularly fruitful spell since Sherwood was appointed as manager in February.
That form has seen Benteke linked with the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham, although his agent stated last month that the forward was not focused on transfer talk.
Sherwood, who has successfully guided Aston Villa to Premier League safety and next week’s FA Cup final against Arsenal, is confident of retaining his in-form hitman.
“Christian is only a young man but he’s very mature in the way he behaves,” Sherwood said. “I think he’s handled the situation well.
“I have no reason to believe he wants to seek employment elsewhere. He seems to be very happy here and this morning, at training, he was smiling.
“He knows there are big games coming up Sunday [against Burnley] and the cup final and I think he wants to be at this football club. I’m convinced of that.
“I’d believe him if he told me he wanted to be at this club next season but he hasn’t told me because I haven’t actually asked him the question.”