Crystal Palace manager Steve Parish admits the £32m spent on Christian Benteke is 'madness', after the Belgium international signed from Liverpool in the summer.
Parish was speaking to Talksport (via the Croydon Advertiser) when he was asked about the fee paid for Benteke's services and he replied "I thought it was madness, but now looking at it now, I don't think it was outrageous."
Palace chairman Steve Parish says he originally thought Benteke fee was "madness", "but looking at it now, I don’t think it was outrageous".— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) September 7, 2016
One big reason Palace was able to sign Benteke was the club's new American investors, whose first step in taking Palace to the next level was making sure funds for the transfer we're made available.
Parish said the investors 'have more money then me!' and stated they really helped him personally in signing Benteke because they "looked seriously at buying Aston Villa before, so he (Benteke) was a player that was familiar to them and they wanted to do it."
51 - Christian Benteke has scored 51 PL goals since his debut on 15/09/12; only 4 players have scored more. Eagle. pic.twitter.com/4i4ncZMBhs— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 18, 2016
"You do wrap your head around it, but looking at it now (and what has gone on in the transfer window) I don't think it was outrageous"
The Palace chairman spoke highly of the Benteke and said he did 'okay' at Liverpool and the move 'didn't suit him' referencing him to their style of play.