Paul Lambert has revealed that discussions are underway for a new deal with star striker.
Discussions are already underway between Aston Villa and Christian Benteke over a new long-term deal, as the West Midlands club look to move away from a relegation battle next season.
Despite the fact that the 22-year old still has three years left on his current contract, interest is high in the powerful forward and the Villains are looking to lock down their key man for the foreseeable future.
Arsenal and north London rivals Spurs have both been linked with a summer move for Benteke, 22, but Lambert has revealed that contract talks between Villa and the former Genk star have been ongoing for weeks.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, the Scot said: “We have been speaking for the last few weeks there so we will see what happens.”
“I think it’s important we keep the nucleus of lads we have here and add to that. It’s not just about one individual. Christian, since the turn of the year, is only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in goal scoring.”
Benteke’s 19 Premier League goals this season were decisive in ensuring Villa beat the drop.