Sam Allardyce warns Christian Benteke that he has a four-year contract
Sam Allardyce has told Christian Benteke he has a four-year contract to honour at Crystal Palace and that he will not be allowed to dictate his future.
There were suggestions that the £32million striker, who was involved in an angry confrontation with Andros Townsend last week, is unsettled and wants to be sold at the end of the season.
Big Sam, though, has told the 26-year-old he will be going nowhere in the summer.
‘Christian Benteke signed a four-year contract, so we’ll tell him what he’ll do,’ Allardyce said.
‘He’s our player and he’ll not dictate what he wants to do or doesn’t want to do, as far as I’m concerned.
‘He accepted that contract in good faith. If both parties agree then that’s a different matter but for me, rumours like that at this stage of the season… I wouldn’t have thought he had said that.
‘It’s another rumour from another source which generally happens in the transfer window, not around this time. (It’s the) usual speculation to try to stir the pot.’
It was after Palace’s 1-0 win over Middlesbrough last week that Benteke and Townsend clashed following the full-time whistle.
‘He hasn’t scored recently and he was terribly frustrated last week he didn’t score towards the end when Andros could have fed him,’ Allardyce added.
‘He lives on goals. He’s a goal machine. We need our players to put him into good positions and give him the right type of ball so that he can score more goals.’
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