Christian Benteke’s agent has stated that the striker is still in talks about a new deal at Selhurst Park with his contract set to expire at the end of June.
The 30-year-old moved to South London from Liverpool on a permanent deal in 2016 following just a year at Anfield after his big-money transfer from Aston Villa.
Palace paid £27million for the Belgium international, with a further £5million in potential add-ons, but following a successful first season featuring 15 Premier League goals, Benteke has struggled at Palace.
The following three year yielded just six league goals, a total he eclipsed this year with 10 strikes in the top division – four of which came in his last four appearances as the striker hit a good run of form.
Benteke’s form means that clubs are starting to circle, but while the striker’s agent Kismet Eris admits that there is interest from other Premier League clubs, talks are still ongoing with Crystal Palace about staying at Selhurst Park.
“Palace are happy with Benteke,” Eris told Fanatik. “We are still in talks with them. Plus, there are clubs from England and Europe that are showing an interest in him.
“Right now, he’s fully focused on the upcoming Euros. In the winter transfer window, we had an offer from Besiktas but his contract with Palace was ongoing at the time, so the move never materialised.”
Interest has understandably been spiking in Benteke with the striker being available for free to interested clubs, with Roy Hodgson recently admitting that his form has left him holding the bargaining chips when it comes to contract talks.
“Obviously if you’re [a player] whose contract is running out and you’re in good form suddenly the chips fall into your favour more than the other way around,” Hodgson told reporters.
“If you’re not playing well and your contract is running out, perhaps it’s the club who hold the cards. At the moment he’s in a good position in that respect.
“I’m pretty sure that the club know what he can do, they know his qualities. I’ve seen him for four years, they’ve have seen him for four and a half, I think. So in actual fact his longevity at the club is well-documented.
“I also know that Steve Parish and Doug Freedman are in contact with the agents of all of these players whose contracts are running out, but I can’t give you any direct update as to where it stands and whether Christian Benteke is anxious to leave or anxious to stay.”
Source by Football London