McLeish rules out Bent sale

Villa have no plans to part with star striker

Darren Bent: Has endured a frustrating campaign so far but will not be leaving Aston Villa

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Alex McLeish has warned any potential suitors that Aston Villa have no intention of parting with Darren Bent.

The England international only moved to Villa Park in January 2011, with £24million required to lure him away from Sunderland.

He is, however, regarded as one of the most consistent goal-getters in the Premier League and any number of clubs would welcome him into their ranks.

Speculation has suggested that Liverpool may be tempted to make a move during the current transfer window, with Kenny Dalglish in the market for goals.

McLeish, though, has made it clear that Bent is going nowhere, with Villa determined to retain the services of their most potent attacking weapon.

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He said: "Yes, I say that now. He won't be leaving."

Frustration

Bent has seen injuries restrict him to just 16 outings this season, while an ill-advised pre-Christmas shopping trip saw him make headlines for all of the wrong reasons.

The 27-year-old admits it has been a frustrating campaign for him on a personal level, but he has given no indication that he is looking to move on.

He said: "It has been a frustrating time for me with injuries but I am now going in the right direction.

"Long-term I don't think it was anything serious. I probably need to do a bit more work in the gym to get things stronger and just take it from there really.

"Hopefully that's the last of my injury problems and I can look forward to some more time on the pitch and scoring goals now."