Aston Villa boss Lambert reveals pay rise on cards for Benteke & other youngsters

The likes of the former Genk striker and Andreas Weimann have attracted interest after impressing this season, and the manager is hoping to reward them with improved terms
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed plans to offer new contracts to his most impressive performers if the club avoid relegation, with the likes of Christian Benteke attracting interest from elsewhere.

The striker's ever-increasing reputation was further enhanced after a hat-trick in the club's 6-1 demolition of Sunderland took his tally to 25 goals for the season.

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The likes of Matthew Lowton and Ashley Westwood, who have impressed after rising through the divisions, also look to be in line for improved terms, and Lambert is delighted at the way his inexperienced youngsters have settled in the Premier League.

"There's definitely a few lads you would look at who I think have done really well," Lambert told The Sun. "It will be my decision. If we get through this period of time then we'll sit with everyone and explain.

"There's a few of them that you would think: 'yes, he's done great' and Matty's definitely one of them."

Lambert has previously insisted no offer is currently on the table for Benteke, and now dismissed the possibly of a release clause being added with a number of clubs thought to be monitoring the striker's situation.

"I don't think you can put any figures in because it just creates problems," he added.