Darren Bent open to Aston Villa return after Sherwood's latest comments

Striker Darren Bent has admitted that he would love to return to Aston Villa this summer.

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has told Sky Sports that a return to Villa Park this summer would be 'nice' after his loan spell with Derby County.

Bent, 31, has had a prolific career with Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, Fulham, Brighton and now Derby County, scoring 199 goals in 486 games across his club career.

A former England international, Bent has spent most of his career in the top flight but has this season dropped down to the Championship, hitting 12 goals in 17 games for Derby County during a loan spell from Aston Villa.

Bent was frozen out under previous manager Paul Lambert, and whilst he was in fine goalscoring form for the Rams, he couldn't help Steve McClaren's men earn promotion back to the Premier League.

Bent's contract at Aston Villa will expire this summer, and whilst many expected his career in claret and blue to be over, he now has a lifeline.

Manager Tim Sherwood, who replaced Lambert in February, has told the Daily Mail that he is considering offering Bent a new deal having worked with the striker at Tottenham.

Now, Bent has told Sky Sports that he would be happy to stay with the club is an offer is made - but will also consider staying at Derby.

"Who knows? It is a fantastic football club, I would be lying if I said it wouldn’t be nice to go back," said Bent. "But at the same time I have had a great time at Derby, they are firmly in my thoughts too, so I will go away and have a think in the summer."

"Everyone wants to play in the Premier League, it’s the best league in the world, but if not then Derby in the Championship would be a good option. It’s a case of going somewhere where I’m going to play. I have had a good time at Derby, playing week-in, week-out, scoring a few goals and finding form again," he added.

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