Bent going nowhere - McLeish

Mon, 26 Dec 12:11:31 2011

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish insists the club's record signing Darren Bent will not be for sale during the January transfer window.

McLeish, whose side visit Stoke on Monday night, has stressed he has to adopt a sell-to-buy policy if he wants to bring in any new players and offloading a player of Bent's quality - he cost Villa £18million 12 months ago - would be a way of generating funds.

But McLeish says such a move would "send out the wrong message" and in any case he knows the importance of Bent's goalscoring abilities to Villa.

The Scot said: "A striker of Darren's ability would be difficult to replace. His goals last season were a vital part of Villa's season in terms of keeping them up. I wouldn't think anybody can afford Darren. I wouldn't think so.

"It would send out the wrong message unless we went out and signed Luis Suarez or something. Even suspended for eight games, I'd have him."


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