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Agent confirms Benteke interest

Christian Benteke's agent has confirmed to ESPN that the striker is attracting interest from Borussia Dortmund as a potential replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

Christian Benteke celebrates putting Aston Villa into the lead from the penalty spot
Christian Benteke has scored 19 goals in his first season in the Premier League with Villa

Lewandowski is a target for Manchester United and Dortmund's Champions League final opponents Bayern Munich. The Polish international is about to move into the final year of his contract is expected to leave in the summer.

Dortmund have been linked with a move for Manchester City's Edin Dzeko as a potential replacement, but Aston Villa striker Benteke is also on their list of candidates.

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Benteke's agent Eris Kismet, who was at Villa Park for last Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Chelsea, in which the Belgium international was dismissed for two yellow cards, revealed Dortmund's chief transfer negotiator Michael Zorc was also present at the game.

"I am aware of the Dortmund representation at Villa Park for the Chelsea match, but Christian is still a Villa player and nothing has changed on that point," said Kismet. "There were a lot of scouts from many teams who have an interest in Christian. Now Aston Villa's future in the Premier League is decided we will know more.

"It is natural for many teams to show an interest when Christian has had such a good season and scored many goals, but it is his first season in the Premier League."

Benteke's 19 Premier League goals in his first season since his £7 million arrival from Genk has led to interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, who are both keen to lure the striker to North London in the summer.

He is suspended for their final game of the season against relegated Wigan on Sunday - but manager Paul Lambert insists he has not played his final game for the club.

Lambert has made it his priority to keep the player who has done most in their battle to retain Premier League status this season and spoke recently about opening negotiations on an improved deal once Villa's Premier League safety has been secured, which was confirmed on Tuesday night when Wigan lost 4-1 at Arsenal.


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