Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke has decision to make amid Trabzonspor and Standard Liege interest

Will Christian Benteke be Crystal Palace next season with Standard Liege, Trabzonspor and Antalyaspor all linked?

The Belgian has seen his playing time diminish since the turn of the year and the emergence of Jean-Philippe Mateta, a player who is similar to the Belgian in so many ways, means he will have to think deeply about his next move.

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The 31-year-old started the season as the first-choice striker, having fought off competition from fellow Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi to secure a two year deal.

His payslips do not help, as he is one of the few players at Palace who is reportedly earning £100,000-a-week.

Christian Benteke of Belgium warms up prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Qatar World Cup

The biggest concern for Benteke at the moment is getting playing time before the Qatar World Cup in November and December.

His direct competitor Divock Origi will likely to move in the summer to get more minutes, and Benteke thinks he will do his chances a world of good by playing more minutes.

Belgium’s manager Roberto Martínez is a big admirer of the forward’s playing style and would naturally pick him if he was playing and scoring goals, but the situation becomes complicated if his rivals are firing on all cylinders.

At the age of 31, Benteke still feels he is the best striker at Palace and would like to stick around and fight for his position.

Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring their team's first goal (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

High wages

In the best of times Benteke is a top professional, and even though he’s not been playing the feeling at Palace is that he is contributing behind the scenes.

But he’s got his own ambitions and that is to try and stay in London where his family is very comfortable.

The decision to stay or leave might even be taken away from Benteke hand, depending on how the summer goes.

There is the possibility that Conor Gallagher could yet decide to stick around for one more season on loan, and if he does the focus will be to get two full backs and a striker.

If that doesn’t pull apart the wage bill then Benteke could stick around and see out his last year on his contract.

His relationship with the technical team remains good.

Turkish clubs and Standard Liege are interested

Last winter, there was genuine interest from Burnley but that ship has sailed with the signing of Wout Weghorst.

But Standard Liege, the club where he came through, have always said they would love to have him back to finish his career in Belgium,

The only issue with that is Benteke still feels he has a lot to offer at the highest level and his family loves living in London.

Clubs in Turkey, Trabzonspor and Antalyaspor, have also been in touch and that would be in real consideration if it was made clear to him that he would be moved on in the summer.

There are just two games to end the season, and the final game at Selhurst Park against Manchester United will tell us more about where his head at is going into a summer that is likely to have a lot of twists and turns.