I’m bored. The same as I usually am in the closed season weekends.
I could go and sit out in the sun, but even that’s decided it’s not playing today, after it’s been blistering all week while I was at work in what was basically a greenhouse. Just typical and about sums up my luck.
So we might as well do a quick round up then.
Caughtoffside (via goal.com) have come out with a story that continues the Benteke theme, but talks in the past tense as though it’s fact, compared to what was previously speculation;
“Tottenham spent days locked in discussions with Aston Villa about signing the prolific striker, who scored 19 league goals for Villa last season, keeping the club in the Premier League.
Spurs were willing to pay £20 million plus add-ons for Benteke but Villa refused to budge on their £25 million valuation of the striker and when Tottenham pulled out of the race to sign the striker, Benteke had to sign a new contract with Villa, thought to be worth £40,000 a week.”
It still makes me smile, this, as I’m sure Levy with his usual arrogance was convinced it was in the bag.
Or was it all a big conspiracy type PR stunt, as has been suggested on some Villa blogs?
Nah, not for me. I don’t see anyone at the club who has the brains for it. And I’m a massive believer of the conspiracist theory.
Also, why did Benteke HAVE to sign a new contract?
Answer? he didn’t, simple. Unless he’s been verbally promised that he can go at the end of the upcoming season.
Pretty much a none-story then, in my opinion.
Next up is the Sunday Mirror’s story that Aston Villa are trailing Serbian midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic, along with Sunderland.
He apparently has a £3.5 mill release clause.
I’m not convinced there’s any truth in this whatsoever myself, but you never know.