Premier League - Benteke angles for Villa exit, mentions Arsenal

Striker Christian Benteke has told Aston Villa he "won't necessarily accept" it if they tell him he cannot leave the club, adding he would leave if a club like Arsenal showed interest.

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Christian Benteke has been linked to with a move away from Villa Park

The 22-year-old Belgium international scored 19 Premier League goals this season and has been linked to with a move away from Villa Park, with Arsenal among the clubs mentioned as a possible destination.

Quoted by The Sun, Benteke said: "If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won't necessarily accept that. I do not in any way want to feel I didn't get the most out of my career. I try to get everything."

He added: "Of course playing the World Cup in Rio is in my head. But I have no fear of falling out of the team. There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa.

"If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I'm convinced we can reach a compromise where everyone comes out a winner."

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