Crystal Palace forward hints at possible January exit

Date published: Wednesday 20th November 2019 7:46

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has hinted he is interested in leaving Crystal Palace in the January transfer window. 

The 28-year-old scored twice for Belgium in their 6-1 win over over Cyprus on Tuesday night, and afterwards admitted that he may have to leave Selhurst Park if he is to make it into Roberto Martinez’s squad for EURO 2020.

A report on DH.be quotes him as saying: “It’s always different in club and national team. I hope this match will give me confidence and give me the opportunity to score for Palace, but I must also think with the transfer window approaching in January. I will reflect and I will see what is possible to do.”

After scoring just once for his club last season, Benteke has continued to struggle for the Eagles this term and has failed to register a goal in his 11 appearances so far.

His poor form in front of goal has led to him featuring largely off the bench under Roy Hodgson, and the former Liverpool and Aston Villa forward is aware that could effect his chances of being a part of his country’s plans for next summer’s tournament.

“It’s important to have play time but what you watch when you’re back at the Devils is also important. It weighs in the balance and it can compensate a bit,” he said.

 

 

Benteke recently extended his deal with the Premier League side, but it is likely that the six-foot-two-inch front-man will need to play more regularly if he is to be selected by Martinez who has a plethora of options available to him in attacking positions.

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