Crystal Palace are reportedly prepared to extend the contract of Christian Benteke – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter are raging at the speculation.
According to the Daily Mail, the Eagles are “close to finalising” a new contract for the 28-year-old.
It is understood that Palace have been open to letting the £120,000-a-week Belgian striker leave in recent windows, but a fresh deal will mean he can’t leave on a free transfer next summer.
The report also details that defender James Tomkins is in line for a new deal at Selhurst Park.
A selection of Palace supporters on social media are not pleased that Benteke is primed for a new deal.
Benteke is yet to get off the mark in the opening two league games and his scoring record has been a concern recently.
The tall centre-forward played just 19 times across all competitions last term and managed one goal in return.
Roy Hodgson has given him a chance at the beginning of the season to reignite his form and he needs to show serious improvement to justify a new deal.
There is a lack of goals in the final third and Palace can’t just rely on Wilfried Zaha to keep out of relegation trouble.
Here are some Palace fans commenting on Benteke:
Benteke might actually contribute something down in the Championship
— mark (@photoheathen) August 21, 2019
There is no way Palace will offer Benteke a new deal, even if he starts scoring this season which I still very much doubt. The wages don’t match up to the risk, age & ability that he offers. Even a pay cut wouldn’t appease me, want him out
— Kevin McGuire (@kmcguire69) August 22, 2019
It’s Roy’s fault, you don’t buy a people carrier and enter it into a rally!
It’s the tactics that are wrong for the players we have. Batshuayi scored goals in this formation, Benteke never will.
— James Macey (@JMac00027) August 22, 2019
Benteke is the reason why we can’t buy players lol
— doug2121 (@dougCPFC) August 21, 2019
Better to get Benteke to sign a contract with lower wages and then potentially ship him off for a higher fee due to the increased contract length.
— Bobby (@bobbyyyyyc) August 21, 2019
😆 Jesus what the hell is going on. 4 goals in 2 years Benteke needs to leave ASAP and Tomkins can’t make it through a whole season. Great planning for the future.
— Jonny Haylock (@Obijonnkenobi) August 21, 2019
Giving benteke a new deal nah I’m done
— Andy Hoad (@AndyTheTwat1992) August 22, 2019
Can’t believe they want to extend deal for Benteke, i can understand Tomkins, but Benteke, no 👎👎
— Keith (@kpescort) August 22, 2019