Striker will remain with the club beyond January
Aston Villa have dismissed suggestions that striker Darren Bent could be sold during the January transfer window.
Bent has been in impressive form for the Villans this season, scoring five goals in 11 Premier League appearances so far, and has also established himself in the England national team squad.
There have been suggestions that Villa could be forced to sell the 27-year-old to bigger clubs just as they parted company with James Milner and Gareth Barry (both went to Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United) and Stewart Downing (Liverpool) in recent seasons.
However, the Birmingham club's chief executive Paul Faulkner insists that Bent will remain with them and will not be priced away.
"We will keep Darren Bent, plain and simple," he said. "I'd not even thought about it - maybe that gives an indication of the club's mentality.
"I am very confident we can keep players at Aston Villa.
"With Gareth Barry, Liverpool came along with a large bid and we turned it down," he further stated.
"Lo and behold Gareth stayed another year and played very well. I don't know many other clubs who've done that with their leading player in previous years.
"If someone comes in and says they're going to double or treble your money - Manchester City have been able to do that with a couple of players - that's always going to make it hard.
"Last year we signed Gabby Agbonlahor on a new five-year deal. Every situation is different. We have aims and ambitions, if players see that and want to be part of it then fantastic."
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