Boss says Belgian should stay at Villa Park.
Paul Lambert has urged Christian Benteke to snub interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, and continue improving his game at Aston Villa.
Benteke has been linked to the north London duo after a stunning début season in the Premier League in which he bagged 19 goals for the Midlands strugglers.
But Lambert is hopeful the 22-year-old will chose to remain at the club and believes the Belgian still has a lot to learn.
“He’s had one of those seasons where he’s not been injured or suspended, until the last game, and he’s not missed a game or any training. That’s unique,” the Villa boss told talkSPORT.
“He’s only 22-years-old and he needs to remember that he’s got so much to learn. He’s only a kid starting out, he’s going to have ups and downs like everybody else. Once he’s played 300-400 games then you might start to think [he’ll move].
“I don’t mind agents at all, but sometimes you need a bit of a reality check. This kid has only been in Britain for ten months. If somebody wants him now then they will want him in a year’s time. Everyone at Aston Villa loves him.
“We’ve been speaking about extending his contract for the last few weeks but he’s still got three years left.”
Benteke joined Villa in a £7m deal from Genk last summer and has made 34 Premier League appearances this season.