Aston Villa

Lambert reiterates that striker will not leave

There has been a steady stream of breaking transfer stories at the Football Transfer Tavern today but one consistent rumour that has been put to bed is that of out of favour striker Darren Bent who will not be leaving Aston Villa in the near future.

Paul Lambert delighted Villa fans at the tavern when he told Sky Sports that Bent would remain an Aston Villa player in the January transfer window and that no rival Premier League clubs have demonstrated any firm interest in the England international.

Bent, who moved to Villa Park for a record transfer fee of £24 million in 2010, has found himself out of the first team under Lambert this season and speculation has been mounting that he is set to leave the club in January.

However Lambert maintains that the two have not fallen out and that he remains in his future plans.

“Darren was on the bench last week. We’ve not had a cross word at all,” maintained Lambert.

“Has there been any interest in Bent? None.

“Are you adamant you want to sell? Listen. My job is to pick a group of lads I think will win the game and that’s my main focus, not any other deviation of anything else.”

The 28-year-old has been linked with moves to QPR and Liverpool in recent weeks but Lambert’s declaration probably means that Bent will be remaining at Villa Park for the forthcoming future.

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