According to his agent, Christian Benteke may remain on Merseyside despite ongoing speculation he could depart in order to play regular football.
After a difficult first season at Anfield, Liverpool’s £32.5 million striker has been constantly linked with a move away from the club.
Several names including Premier League clubs, West Ham United, Chelsea and Crystal Palace have all been linked with the Belgian’s signature.
Recent speculation has seen Spanish newspaper, Sport claim that Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are interested in the 25-year-old and that negotiations to sign him are underway.
However, this is not true according to the player’s agent Kismet Eris, who when asked about Atletico’s reported interest by website Sport Witness said:
“There’s nothing at all with any team.”
And when asked if he expects Benteke to stay with the Reds for the upcoming 2016/17 campaign, he simply added, “yes”.
Although Benteke made, what sounds like a hefty 42 appearances in all competitions last season, most of these appearances, 22 to be precise, came from the bench. That is, because the former Aston Villa man struggled to fit into manager Jürgen Klopp’s playing style, putting in a number of poor performances in front of goal and managing just 10 goals for his new club.
Earlier this month, Benteke admitted he would find it difficult to stay at Anfield if regular game time under Klopp wasn’t guaranteed so this latest piece of news coming from his agent sounds rather interesting. Liverpool have already made Senegalese forward Sadio Mané their first marquee signing of the summer and with the transfer window barely even open, the Reds are still expected to bring in some more attacking reinforcements ahead of Klopp’s first full season in charge.
Should the German get his preferred men, like he did Mané, the chances of Benteke starting regularly in his side will surely grow slimmer. Even without the new signings, the Belgian would still be behind fellow strikers Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and even a fully fit Danny Ings on the pecking order.
A move away from Merseyside certainly seems a sensible option for both club and player. Whilst Liverpool would hopefully recoup most of the £32.5 million they paid for the striker, the 25-year-old would get his wish for regular game time elsewhere, without a large amount of criticism weighing down on his shoulders every week.
Either way, that is just my opinion. Agent Kismet Eris seems to have given everyone the facts, whether or not they’ll come to fulfillment is surely a matter of debate.