Darren Bent Leaves Aston Villa With A Parting Shot at Boss Paul Lambert

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Striker suffered a ‘horrible time’ at the club last season.

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Fulham new boy Darren Bent has left a parting shot for former boss Paul Lambert at Aston Villa, the Mirror reports.

The 29-year-old joined the west London side on a season long loan from the Midlands giants last week in a bid to resurrect his career after spending much of the previous campaign on the substitutes bench.

And the England man had some parting words for the Villa manager, who he feels is largely responsible for a wasted year.

”It was horrible. It wasn’t so much the injuries – although they certainly didn’t help – it was just the uncertainty.

“I understand that not every player can be every manager’s cup of tea, but to be alienated like that, to be kicked out of the first-team dressing-room when I’ve played a long time and when I’m an international, just felt a bit disappointing.

“There were times when I was thinking ‘do I really deserve this’? It’s all well and good not being part of the squad, but to be treated like we have is bad. At the same time, I’m trying to put all that behind me. I’m a Fulham player, I’m happy to be a Fulham player and I’m looking forward to kicking on from here. I feel like I’ve got a lot of football in me.

“I’m not just hungry to play football again, I’m absolutely starving. I’m ready to get going.

“I’ve missed on a couple of major competitions with England, but I just hope this is my year. I need to get back to playing regularly, scoring goals for Fulham and that’s my priority. That’s what I do best. There’s still so much to come from me.”

Bent revealed that Fulham boss Martin Jol played a key factor in his decision to join the club ahead of anyone else.

”I’ve worked with him before, he signed me at Tottenham and I respect him hugely,” he added.

“It’s no secret that Newcastle were in for me, too. There was a lot speculation and I spoke to them, but it never really materialised.

“Crystal Palace are a good side and I’d like to thank them for their interest, but for me at this stage of my career, I just felt that the best place for me was Fulham.”

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