Bent has been in fine form for loan side Derby County in the Championship, as they fight for promotion into the Premier League, and the forward says he’s only focused on his immediate priorities with the Rams.
“I wouldn’t rule anything out. I will have to wait until the end of the season to make that decision,” he said.
“It will be nice to have the option. But I don’t want to look too far ahead because I'm enjoying playing for Derby County and I don’t want to take my eye off the ball.”
Bent could be in a difficult situation if the Rams get promoted and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood urges the powers that be at Villa Park to offer him a new contract.
On the one hand, he may feel as though he has critics to prove wrong at Villa, which he can do if he stays at the club.
On the other hand, he’s been successful at Derby, who offered him a chance when he could have headed back to Villa to sit on the bench under old manager Paul Lambert.
It looks as though the Rams are going to end the season with a play-off place in the Championship, which brings with it some risks that make it difficult for Bent to nail his colours to the mast at this stage of the season.
There is also the obvious and realistic possibility that he could be tempted to another club because his experience and ability to score goals is clear for all to see.