Journalist Rubbishes Claims That Palace Star Is Set For A January Exit

1 Posted by - December 18, 2018 - News

Yesterday, we covered stories linking Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke with a potential January move to Turkish club Besiktas but 24 hours on, a journalist known to be well connected to the player has poured cold water on the rumour. 

As I said myself when first stumbling across the article, Besiktas’ hope of getting a loan deal agreed for the Belgian international set alarm bells ringing immediately in my mind, given the financial commitment we’ve already made towards him, not to mention our ongoing need for a proven goal-scorer at the head of the side. 

Having spent £30 million to bring him from Liverpool to Selhurst Park, (alongside his weekly wage packet of more than £100,000) the chances of us letting him further run down his contract elsewhere look to be slim to none, with Roy Hodgson no doubt hoping that he can return to first-team action in the New Year and rediscover the goalscoring touch which saw him bag an impressive 17 goals in his first season in red and blue. 

Were Besiktas to have come to us with a permanent offer of £15-20 million for him, I feel as though the board may well have listened but as the journalist in question says in the tweet attached above, the Turkish outfit simply don’t have the sort of financial muscle-power necessary to pull off such a move. 

With 18 months left on his current contract, Palace are going to have to work out whether to stick or twist on Benteke in the not too distant future. You would assume that the second half of the campaign will inform us over whether or not to offer him fresh terms or attempt to cut our losses and sell over the summer months, either way, a January move away looks extremely unlikely as things stand. 

Let’s hope we get the old Christian back raring to go in January.

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  • Robert Lycett December 18, 2018 - 7:08 am Reply

    Palace should trade Benteke in for a couple of mini-buses!.
    These could be parked-up behind Tomkins & Co.
    We’d still have enough change to buy Wickham a desk… should management decide to keep him!

  • Eric The Ninja December 19, 2018 - 11:19 pm Reply

    Form and confidence are big factors. He had a great first season and a terrible second one. If it had been the other way around we’d be over the moon right now. Footballers are too transient these days. I still believe Benteke can and wants to do well here. From here on it’s a matter of determination and luck. The ability is there.

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