Benteke too expensive for most clubs – Sherwood

The manager has admitted he cannot force the Belgian striker to stay but insists the club will demand a lot of money for him

Tim Sherwood admits that he will not prevent Christian Benteke leaving Aston Villa, but insists whoever wants him will have to pay a lot of money.

Villa will demand over €40 million for their in-form striker, who has nine goals in his last eight games, with Sherwood keen to deter bids for the Belgian with a hefty price tag.

The Villans boss accepts that keeping an unhappy player would be bad for morale but, with his own eye on bringing in new talent, knows that he will need funds to bolster his squad come the summer transfer window.

“If a player doesn’t want to play for the club any more and the club he wants to go to meets the valuation, it’s best to let them go. It will be just a market value – what’s out there,” he told reporters.

“I don’t want to talk about selling Christian when I’ve got no intention of doing that, so it would have to be a lot of money for someone to get him off us.

“We are looking for players ourselves so we know how much other clubs are looking for for their players.

“He’ll be too expensive for a great deal of people in the Premier League. We want to keep our best players – and he’s certainly one of those.”