Darren Bent: I'll go back to Derby if this isn't possible

Darren Bent has revealed he wants to look at the possibility of a Premier League future before returning to Derby.

Darren Bent has been quoted by the Burton Mail explaining he wants to explore the possibility of a Premier League future before returning to Derby County.

Bent spend time on loan with the Rams over the second half of last season and has admitted that if a Premier League future isn’t possible, he’d be happy to settle for a future with the Rams.

“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 good,” he said.

“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.”

As things stand Bent is out of contract with parent club Aston Villa this summer and it’s unclear as to whether Tim Sherwood will want to keep him on at Villa Park.

Sherwood may be preoccupied with getting Belgian striker Christian Benteke to stay at the club, which would mean Bent being further down the pecking order at the club.

For Derby and their manager Steve McClaren it’s a no brainer and there have already been reports that the Rams want to offer Bent a deal to stay at the club.

His experience and touch in front of goal was obvious over the second half of the last campaign and he can certainly make a difference looking ahead to next year.

There are likely to be some very good clubs in the mix to sign him but Derby have already struck up a connection with him and he knows exactly what he’s getting into if he signs with the Rams.

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