Darren Bent has laughed off the fervent speculation surrounding him and a move to Liverpool during the January transfer window.
There were a number of reports suggesting Bent could be on his way to Anfield, but the England striker has insisted he was never going to join Kenny Dalglish’s side.
The 27-year-old even went so far as to pledge his future to the Villains and stifle any more talk of a Liverpool switch.
“It was laughable. I always knew I was going to be at Villa,” Bent is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I have said before, I would like to stay at Villa for years and really kick on in my career while playing for Aston Villa.”
Despite being adamant about his loyalty to Villa, Bent could not deny being linked to a club with the prestige of Liverpool was a pleasing thought.
“It is flattering to be linked with clubs like Liverpool but, at the same time, I always knew I was going to be here come February 1 and I am delighted to be here,” he added.
“You just laugh it off and get on with it. Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world but at the same time it never crossed my mind once to leave.”
When Bent scored against QPR on Tuesday he went into the history books by becoming the 21st player to score 100 Premier League goals.
He joins prestigious names such as Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and his current Aston Villa team-mate Robbie Keane.
Bent has only scored nine goals so far this season, but he will be hoping to keep up the form that has seen him score in each of his last four appearances.
Although he has been a regular fixture in Fabio Capello’s recent squads, Bent will want to make sure of his place on the plane to Poland and Ukraine.