Christian Benteke's agent responds to Arsenal and Chelsea rumours
Benteke struggled to claim a place in the starting XI after the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Liverpool signed Belgian international Christian Benteke at the start of last season in a £32.5m deal from Aston Villa and many suggested he wouldn’t fit into Liverpool’s playing style, except if former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made some tweaks.
Brendan Rodgers was sacked midway into the season, and Benteke doesn’t seem to fit in Jurgen Klopp’s pressing game. Reports suggest Liverpool could decide to offload him this summer if they receive a good offer for the 24-year-old but it’s unlikely they’d recoup the £32.5m paid to Aston Villa.
The player is currently preparing for the Euros in France, but his agent, Eris Kismet, has been speaking to Italian website Tutto Mercato Web about the future of his client, and it seems they’re quite calm about the situation.
Benteke has been linked to Serie A giants Juventus in the past, and that was obviously the first question throw at Kismet, to which he replied: ”Interest from Italy? There are only rumours, but there was some contacts with Serie A clubs six months ago. Now, however, there is nothing. He is currently a player of Liverpool, we will analyse the situation later”
Recently, reports in the English media suggest Chelsea could be interested in signing Benteke, as they were also linked to the player before he moved to Liverpool and his agent believes interest from top clubs is normal for his client.
He added: ”If there have been contacts with Chelsea and Arsenal? Many clubs want the player, it's obvious. But he is now only thinking to do well in the European Championship. He wants to win the competition with Belgium. We'll think about his future later.”
It remains to be seen if the mentioned clubs are genuinely interested in signing Benteke, or his agent is doing some good publicity for the player, which wouldn’t also be surprising. The player, however, could be a good signing for any club, who can play to his strengths.
Not a regular starter at Liverpool
Christian Benteke has often found himself on the bench at Liverpool, with Daniel Sturridge being Klopp’s first choice striker, whilst youngster Divock Origi is also preferred over the former Aston Villa star.
The return of Danny Ings next season could also make things more difficult for Benteke, and Klopp also has played Brazilian star Roberto Firmino up front quite a few times last season.
Benteke registered 10 goals and 6 assists in 42 appearances for Liverpool but most of them were substitute appearances. The player and his club, Liverpool, have a decision to make, and with no European football this season they could decide to sell him without bothering too much about a replacement.