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Benteke open to Crystal Palace exit

20th November 2019, 18:21 by Tom Hill

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has admitted he may need to leave the club as he tries to keep his place in the Belgium squad.

Benteke put pen-to-paper on a new contract in October, with Palace eager to tie him down until the end of the 2020-2021 campaign.

Palace rewarded him with new terms despite his poor form, with Benteke scoring just four goals in his last 60 appearances for the club.

The 28-year-old has failed to repeat the form he produced at Aston Villa as he scored 42 goals in 89 league matches during a three-year stay.

His performances earned him a move to Liverpool, but the Belgium international has struggled with confidence and injury issues ever since.

Some sections of the Palace support were surprised to see him rewarded with a new deal, but Benteke could still be on his way out.

The former Genk man scored two goals for Belgium on Tuesday night in their 6-1 win over Cyprus, and he admits he needs to stay active as he tries to play at the European Championships in 2020.

He told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure: “Playing for your club is always different from the national team.

“I hope the Cyprus game will give me my confidence back and give me the chance to score for Palace. But I also have to think about the January transfer window. I will give it some thought, and I’ll see what can be done.

“I really want to play at Euro 2020. I work like a madman every day with that target in mind.”

Jordan Ayew and Wilfried Zaha have led the line for the majority of the campaign so far, but Benteke will get the chance to impress during his team’s meeting with former club Liverpool.

The two meet at Selhurst Park on Saturday, before Roy Hodgson’s side then do battle with Burnley, Bournemouth and Watford.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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