Benteke reports played down

Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with the Belgium international, who has hit form of late to spearhead Villa’s revival under Tim Sherwood.

However, Benteke’s current contract still has two years to run and Villa are believed to be keen to discuss an extension in the summer.

The FA Cup finalists are still just two points clear of the drop zone and Benteke’s agent Eris Kismet says his client is solely focused on the fight for survival.

The 24-year-old has not yet expressed much desire to leave the midlands club and Kismet told Sky Sports News HQ: “At the moment, there is no interest.

“Every player and staff member is concentrated on avoiding relegation, anything else is just a distraction.

“I know everyone wants the same thing because I watch the games and I think Aston Villa are playing the best football in England right now.”

The usually prolific Benteke made a relatively slow start to the campaign by his standards but has impressed since Sherwood took charge in February.

He recently bagged a hat-trick in a dramatic 3-3 draw against fellow-strugglers QPR, before bagging the winner at Tottenham and hitting the target again in the FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool at Wembley.

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