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Sunday 17 December 2017

Allardyce: Palace will decide on the future of unhappy Benteke

Sergio Aguero. Pic: PA
Sergio Aguero. Pic: PA

Christian Benteke "will not dictate" his own future amid reports he is considering leaving Crystal Palace, manager Sam Allardyce has said.

The striker arrived from Liverpool last summer for a club-record fee of £27million but instead of transforming them into a top-10 team has found himself in another battle against relegation.

After last week's 1-0 defeat of Middlesbrough he argued with Andros Townsend at the final whistle after the winger chose to shoot instead of pass, and earlier this week was said to be debating leaving at the season's end.

"I think Christian Benteke signed a five-year contract (four), so we'll tell him what he'll do," said Allardyce, whose team visit West Brom in the Premier League tomorrow.

"He's our player and he'll not dictate what he wants to do or doesn't want to do, as far as I'm concerned.

"He accepted that contract in good faith.

"If both parties agree then that's a different matter but for me, rumours like that at this stage of the season: I wouldn't have thought he had said that.

"It's another rumour from another source which generally happens in the transfer window, not around this time. (It's the) usual speculation to try and stir the pot, I suppose."

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