Marcus Bent has blasted Crystal Palace’s decision to hand Christian Benteke a new contract.
It looked as though Benteke was set to leave the club at the end of last season, with his agreement set to expire in June, but the Eagles opted to hand the striker a fresh two-year deal during the summer.
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Palace manager Patrick Vieira reacted to Benteke’s slow start to the campaign by taking advantage of the transfer market and signing Celtic frontman Odsonne Edouard for a fee which could rise to £18.5million.
Bent, who enjoyed a spell at Selhurst Park during his playing career, was surprised to see the Eagles offer Benteke the opportunity to extend his stay at the club.
He exclusively told TIF: “They gave Benteke a new contract and I don’t know why. He’s not consistent and doesn’t score goals.”