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Villa striker Bent to stay and support new boss

Darren Bent wants to stay with Aston Villa and get behind the new manager when he is appointed following the dismissal of Alex McLeish. The 28-year-old, who has struggled with injuries last season, was linked with a move away in January.

"People have asked if I was mis-sold the dream when I signed and if I'm honest I didn't think Ashley Young and Stewart Downing would leave in the same summer," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"But I signed for Aston Villa because I wanted to be here and I still do.

"I was linked with a transfer out of here all through January and I didn't want that then and I don't want that now.

"It's not been a great season but this is a massive club and we've got to make sure it is a blip that doesn't happen again.

"It is still a time of transition and we need to do our best to get behind the new manager."

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