Lambert: No plans to sell Bent

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he is not 'actively looking to sell' striker Darren Bent during the January transfer window.

Last Updated: 21/11/12 at 09:40 Post Comment

Darren Bent: Aston Villa striker's future has been the subject of speculatio

Darren Bent: Aston Villa striker's future has been the subject of speculatio

Bent is currently sidelined by an ankle problem, but had lost his place in Lambert's Premier League starting line-up to Christian Benteke prior to his injury.

His demotion to the substitutes' bench had prompted speculation that Villa could offload their record signing in the New Year, with Fulham linked with a bid.

However, Lambert is adamant that there are no issues with the England international and he is not trying to cash in on Bent.

"I'm not actively looking to sell him," said Lambert.

"There isn't an issue, at least not at my end. It's just back to the injury and I have to look after another 20 lads.

"I have to pick a team I think will win. I've always done that. Everyone has to show their worth. I have no favourites. I judge them as equals."

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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