Christian Benteke is likely to stay at Aston Villa if the West Midlands club survive the drop this season.
According to the Daily Mail, the striker will be offered a new contract which will double his salary after his impressive debut season.
Villa have struggled this season as financial restrictions have forced manager Paul Lambert to put his faith in youth. However, Benteke has been a shining light in Villa’s season and has scored 19 goals in all competitions for the club.
Many eyebrows were raised at the start of the season with fans and pundits questioning the wisdom of leaving established striker Darren Bent out of the side in favour of the Belgium international. However, the 22-year-old has repaid the faith the Villa boss showed in him and is ready to pledge his future to the club.
Villa holding onto young stars
Benteke believes playing regular Premier League football with Villa will provide him with the best opportunity of playing for his country in World Cup next summer.
It is bad news for clubs at the other end of the table. Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all need extra firepower next season and had been linked with the Villa hit man.
Lambert is also hoping Benteke’s strike partner Andi Weimann will sign a new deal. He said : “There is no point trying to build something if you get lads in and after one year of them doing well they go away again. I don’t think that is building for any sort of future.”