Darren Bent 'fully committed' to Aston Villa despite shopping trip

 

Darren Bent has pledged his future to Aston Villa after again apologising for going out shopping when injured during the latter stages of Sunday's clash with Liverpool.

The club's record signing says he is "fully committed" to the midlands club after his £18million move from Sunderland in January.

Bent has been the subject of speculation and rumours linking him with a move next month to QPR.

But the England striker insists he came to Villa to "achieve things" and that nothing has altered.

Bent said: "I can assure the Villa fans that I'm committed to the football club and I love playing for Villa.

"I am passionate about Villa and playing here and I want to score goals for the team to do my best for the Villa fans.

"People sometimes forget where Villa were in the Premier League table (near the bottom) when I came here when Sunderland were sixth at the time.

"But I wanted to come here and achieve things and that has not changed."

Bent added: "I'm fully committed to the club. With January coming up there is always going to be rumours.

"I moved last January and, with this whole thing (going shopping) over the weekend, these things quickly grow out of proportion.

"But I just want to reiterate, I'm fully committed to the football club."

Bent was told by Villa's medical staff to go home after being treated on the morning of the Liverpool game for a thigh injury.

But he popped out to do some Christmas shopping after watching most of the game and this led to some fans being upset after a picture of him was posted on the internet.

Bent said: "I think it has all been blown of proportion. I watched a large chunk of the game - up to about 70 minutes or something - so I haven't missed hardly anything.

"I suddenly remembered I had to go out to the shops to a Christmas present so I nipped out. It was not like I'd been strolling around all day.

"I popped out to pick up an item and someone has obviously got a camera phone and taken a picture.

"It looks worse than it is and I can assure people that was all that happened. There is no other agenda here and I haven't fallen out with the manager."

Bent added: "The medical people actually advised me to not go to the game because if I had been sat there for a long period I could get stiff.

"They told me to stay away from it and just come in at the beginning of the week to get treatment.

"It wasn't like I was meant to be at a football match and I've just said 'no, I'm not going' and then just buggered off. All I've done is nipped into a shop and got something."

*Bent was talking during a Christmas visit by Villa players and officials to their official charity partner, the Acorns Hospice in Birmingham.

PA

News
newsAnother week, another dress controversy on the internet
Life and Style
Scientist have developed a test which predicts whether you'll live for another ten years
health
Life and Style
Marie had fake ID, in the name of Johanna Koch, after she evaded capture by the Nazis in wartime Berlin
historyOne woman's secret life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
News
news... and what your reaction to the creatures above says about you
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn