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.”