Bent committed to Villa future

Villa look like losing the services of Ashley Young – linked

strongly with a move to Manchester United – while Stewart Downing

is stalling over signing a new deal. But Bent, signed from

Sunderland for £18million in January, has assured fans he is

going nowhere despite former manager Gerard Houllier parting

company with the club because of health reasons. Bent said: “They

(the fans) don’t need to worry about me. I’m tired of moving

around. “I am at Aston Villa now and I have loved every minute I

have been at the club. The people are nice and the staff are nice.

“It’s a shame that a big part of what brought me to the club,

Gerard Houllier, has left. “But at the same time I am committed to

Aston Villa and I am looking forward to the season coming. “Every

time I go to the training ground, I get a buzz and hopefully it

will continue next season.” Villa are continuing their search for a

new manager, with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti continuing to

impress chairman-owner Randy Lerner. Former England boss Steve

McClaren and one-time Tottenham boss Martin Jol are also believed

to be under consideration by Lerner. Villa also continue to be

linked with Mark Hughes even though they have insisted his

departure from Fulham was not connected with their own managerial

position being vacant.