Striker Darren Bent has pledged his commitment to Aston Villa and revealed a determination to get behind the new manager when he is appointed.

The 28-year-old, who missed the last three months of the season after rupturing ankle ligaments, was linked with a move away in January.

"People have asked if I was mis-sold the dream when I signed and if I'm honest I didn't think Ashley Young and Stewart Downing would leave in the same summer," he told the Birmingham Mail. "But I signed for Aston Villa because I wanted to be here and I still do."

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