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Sunderland's Bent knows what to expect on Tottenham return

Sunderland striker Darren Bent is not expecting a warm welcome when he returns to Tottenham for the first time on Saturday since his acrimonious £10million summer exit. Bent was critical of the Spurs board regarding a prolonged transfer saga prior to joining Sunderland, having been linked with the likes of Hull City.

He told Sunderland's official website: "It's going to be strange, but I don't want the game to be about Darren Bent v Spurs, because it's so much more than that.

"It's about us - Sunderland - kicking on to the next level and hopefully pushing into Europe.

"I'm expecting a hostile reception, but that often happens when you return to a former club.

"But at the same time, I don't want people to turn the game into being all about me going back there.

"It would mean a lot for me to score, but it would mean everything if the team wins.

"If the team wins and I don't score, I will be the happiest man alive. But if I score and we don't win, I will be devastated."

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