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Oct 27, 2012

Bent won't ask for a transfer

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent insists he will not rock the boat and demand to leave the club in January, even if he remains on the fringes of Paul Lambert's plans.

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Bent, 28, remains frustrated at losing his regular starting role under the new Villa manager and is at a loss to explain why he has been left on the substitutes' bench in recent weeks, after also being stripped of the club captaincy.

Despite constant denials of a rift between himself and Lambert from both parties, there have been rumours that the England international will move on in the January transfer window - something Bent denies.

"No of course I wouldn't ask for a transfer," he said. "Aston Villa is a massive club and I always want to play for huge clubs. Villa is that. For me to do that would be silly, especially at this stage of the season when there's still a long way to go.

"Everyone would like an explanation about why things happen, but that's the manager's style and I respect that.

"If they feel in January it's time to part ways then that'll be down to them. From my perspective, I'm more than happy at Aston Villa and to play my football here.

"The attraction is the size of the club and the history, it's got good players and a massive fan base. It was always difficult to come here when I was at other teams. It's a side I've always been interested in and now I'm here I want to stay.

"As long as it takes, if something happens in January, it won't be from my doing. I'm not going to go in and say I'm going to leave. It won't come from my side."

Bent has not faced such problems in his career since his troubled period at Tottenham but he insists he is in a better position to deal with his current situation after the experience of his previous ordeal.

"At Spurs it was all new to me," he said. "I came from Ipswich and Charlton where I'd been playing every game. Suddenly I was at Spurs where they had Berbatov, Keane and Defoe so I knew how hard the challenge would be.

"But I wanted to go there to challenge them and it was difficult. Now I'm older and wiser, I know how to get through it.

"The setbacks this year are on an equal par, but I've dealt with them better this time around than I did then."

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