Bent in talks over new Aston Villa contract

Darren Bent has revealed he has held talks with Aston Villa over a new contract, the Daily Telegraph has reported, having been an outcast under former manager Paul Lambert.

Bent is currently on loan at Championship side Derby County and has scored seven goals in his 11 appearances for Steve McClaren’s Rams, having also spent time at Brighton and Hove Albion this season after being told he was surplus to requirements by Lambert.

Lambert was however sacked earlier in the season and replaced by former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood and while Bent doesn’t know if he will remain at Villa Park, sign on a permanent basis for Derby or move elsewhere with his contract expiring in June, he has confirmed discussions about staying with his parent club have taken place.

“There have been conversations with Villa regarding the future and I need to have a think about things in the summer,” he acknowledged. “I’m not ruling out going back, just like I wouldn’t rule out staying at Derby because they have given me a lifeline to play football and score goals again. But yes, there’s been discussions [with Villa] and we will have to look at it.”

Bent was a £24m signing from Sunderland made under the watch of Gerard Houllier and has to date scored 25 goals in his 72 games. The 31-year-old also spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham but couldn’t keep the Cottagers in the Premier League and, having come through the ranks at Ipswich Town, has also represented Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as the England national team.

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