Villa powerless over Benteke

Sherwood is confident Benteke wants to stay at Villa Park, but he has confirmed for the first time that there is a ‘quite substantial’ buy-out clause in his deal that would trigger a move if met.

Benteke has scored 12 goals in his last 12 games ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup??final with Arsenal after regaining form and fitness under Sherwood.

The Belgium striker signed a four-year deal in 2013, after initially handing in??a transfer request, and Sherwood admitted Villa face losing Benteke if the clause??is met.

He said: “There’s a buy-out clause in his contract so it will be impossible??for us to stop him if he wants to go.

“Someone’s got to meet that buy-out clause??and if they don’t it won’t be considered because we don’t want to lose him.

“Everyone has it. Most players would have it when they sign new contracts. I??don’t know what the figure is but I believe it will be quite substantial.

“He’s made no indication that he wants to leave. I’ve not had a conversation??with him. I’ve told you my view on it, I don’t think he should be moving clubs??before a European Championship.

“We’re building up to a European Championship, which is a huge stage as well.??It’s a tournament where you feel that Belgium will be one of the favourites to??win it.

“By playing for Aston Villa it hasn’t hindered him being the first choice at??Belgium, up to now. So to come here and score at the ratio in which he has??scored, since I have taken over, if he ends scoring 20 or 30 goals next season??he is probably playing for Real Madrid.”

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