Helenius talks of Benteke regret

Aston Villa summer signing Nicklas Helenius has expressed his disappointment at the news that fellow striker Christian Benteke is looking to leave the midlands outfit.

We have not been given much information about why he [Benteke] is not joining us for pre-season, but apparently he has put in a transfer request.

It is down to the club and player how they want to handle the situation.

It is not something that I take much joy from even though it improves my chances.

We need the strongest possible squad for the upcoming season and I was looking forward to being in the same side as Christian Benteke.

In that respect it is sad what is happening around Benteke as he was definitely one of the players that I was looking forward to observing and learning from.

– Aston Villa striker Niklas Helenius speaking to the Birmingham Mail

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