Bent hoping for Young stay

Villa striker not surprised by interest in team-mate

Bent: Hoping for Young stay

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Darren Bent has admitted it is no surprise that several leading clubs are interested in signing Ashley Young, but he is keen for the winger to remain at Aston Villa.

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Young has just over a year remaining on his contract at Villa Park and has been linked with a move to one of the Premier League's top teams.

Manchester United and Liverpool are both reported to be keen on snaring the 25-year-old this summer, and Bent can understand why he is attracting such attention.

Young kept up his fine form this season with a sparkling performance at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday as England overcame Wales 2-0.

And Bent has been hugely impressed by what he has seen at close quarters since joining Villa from Sunderland in a big-money January deal.

"Ashley has been playing really, really well this season and being linked to top, top sides," said the striker, who scored England's second goal against Wales from a Young assist.

"It's because of the form he is showing like against Wales that all these clubs are after him.

"He was fantastic and it helps me that he is also in the Villa side.

"The main thing is we can keep going, hang onto him for as long as possible and keep creating the chances for Villa and scoring goals."

Deserved win

Bent feels England fully deserved their victory in Cardiff as they moved back to the top of their qualifying group.

He said: "These games can always be difficult because derbies are always difficult games to play in.

"But for us to go 2-0 up in the first 15 minutes made it a lot more comfortable than maybe it could have been than if it had stayed 0-0 for a while.

"The manager was happy. There is always room for improvement and in the second half we took our foot off the gas and let them back into it.

"But we were definitely the better team over 90 minutes."

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