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The Villans' boss insists that helping to secure the club's Premier League status is the overriding aim of his Belgian striker, ahead of winning any individual accolades

Paul Lambert has insisted that Christian Benteke will remain focused on helping to maintain Aston Villa's Premier League status over the next few games, as the club hope to tempt him into signing a new contract at Villa Park.

The Villans have recently hit a patch of form which has seen them edge away from the relegation zone, and ensuring their top-flight survival this season is seen as essential if Benteke is to pen a new deal with the club.

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Despite Benteke's nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, Lambert has assured Villa fans that Premier League survival is the club's most important aim over the coming weeks.

"I’m not bothered if he’s nominated or not, as long as he’s performing for this club," Lambert told reporters. "We’ll have to wait and see whether he wins it.

"However, I don’t think it’ll affect him one bit. If he remains the way he is at this minute, he’ll do very well for himself.

"And I don’t want to pile too much pressure upon him. He’s only a young guy learning his trade. He’s made mistakes like everyone else but his performances have been very good.

"He’s got to sustain a level where he is doing it, week in, week out.

"No doubt we’ll look at his contract at the end of the season. I just don’t want him to be one-season wonder."

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