Date: 3rd February 2012 at 4:48pm
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Darren Bent has said he was flattered by the speculation linking him to Liverpool, but he always knew he would be staying at the Villa.

Speaking to the E&S Benty said.

‘The speculation? It was laughable, I always knew I was going to be at Villa. I have said before, I would like to stay at Villa for years and really kick on. I am delighted to be here, you laugh it off and get on with it. It is flattering, but it never crossed my mind once to leave.’

Now I know we have a tendency to get these kinds of quotes from players and then – cough Downing – they slap in a transfer request and show themselves to be totally disrespectful.

Time will tell whether Bent is a mercenary or whether he has the respect of a Barry or a Young.

Because we all know the summer will be full of speculation again. But for now, goals in games on the trot are what matter and long may that run continue.

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