Villa boss Lambert again denies claims of Bent rift

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has again insisted there's no rift with Darren Bent after defeat at Fulham.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has again insisted there's no rift with Darren Bent after defeat at Fulham.

Lambert has denied rumours of a rift and he insisted Bent is not up for sale - but he was far more effusive in his praise of Christian Benteke, despite his glaring miss.

"It never has been an issue. I just try and pick a team that I think can win. I don't have a problem with any of the players," Lambert said.

"Chris had two hard games with the national team. Darren was fresh. I thought he (Bent) did really fine. I thought him and Gabby (Agbonlahor) worked well and worked hard together.

"From where I was standing I don't know how far away (Benteke's chance) was and how close the shot was. I don't know if it was a chance.

"He will be a big player for this club. He is in one hell of a national side at the minute and performing really well. He will be fine

"He is a handful. He changes the dynamics of a game at certain times. He will be a big player for us. He has got years to go in his career."

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