Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed that the club have no plans to insert a buyout clause into any new deal for reported Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Christian Benteke.
The Villians are to enter into contract negotiations with the Belgian international at the end of season after his blistering maiden campaign in English football. Benteke has hit 22 goals for the relegation threatened club, earning himself a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year and interest from a host of Premier League sides.
Although an offer of a new deal is imminent, Lambert explained he is against the idea of buyout clauses in contracts, similar to the one which saw led to Chelsea snaring Demba Ba from Newcastle United for a paltry £7 million in January.
"I don't think you can put any figures in because it just creates problems," Lambert told the Birmingham Mail.
"It is not something I've ever thought about with him. To be fair to Christian, he's never ever said anything about contracts or anything."
Despite their recent turn of form which culminated in a 6-1 thrashing of Sunderland last Monday, Villa's Premier League status is still in severe jeopardy. Although the club are keen to address the contracts of a number of players, including Andreas Weimann, Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood, Lambert insists the club must "get over the line" before seeing to contractual matters.
"There's a few of the lads who you would think 'yes, he's done great' but there's no point in doing that yet," the Villa manager continued.
"We've got to get over the line, that's the thing. We've still got goals to achieve. But it is something at the end of the season that you would look at.
"I think there's a few of them playing really well and Matty's [Matt Lowton] definitely one of them. There's a few lads who you think have done really well but we've got to achieve something first."
Villa travel to Carrow Road for a crucial clash with Norwich City on Saturday afternoon, before welcoming Chelsea to Villa Park next week. Lambert's side take on Wigan on the final day of the season in a game which could decide the fate of both clubs.