Bent: Villa must hang on to pair

Speculation has suggested the pair could leave Villa Park at the
end of the season – but Bent says Villa need to keep hold of them
if the team is to be successful in the future. Bent said every
player at the club wants Young, who has just over a year remaining
on his contract at Villa Park, to stay. He told Sky Sports News:
“Everyone in the dressing room hopes he stays because he has had a
fantastic couple of years at Aston Villa and we want it to
continue. “He’s a top, top player and, as I said he has been linked
to some of the best clubs in the country and when you are playing
as well as he is, it is only right. “And the same with Stewart
Downing – he has been fantastic since I’ve been here, supplying
goals for me left, right and centre as well as scoring them and if
we can keep hold on to them two players, it will be fantastic.” The
striker, who joined Villa from Sunderland in a big-money move in
January, added: “Obviously, for selfish reasons, for myself and
especially ammunition, you want them two players to stay because
they supply chances left, right and centre and, as I said, if Aston
Villa want to move forward we want to keep our best players and
them two are certainly two of our best players.”