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Bent can still have a future at Aston Villa, insists Lambert

Aston Villa are not looking to sell Darren Bent.

The England international has endured a difficult start to the new season, having recovered from the injury which sidelined him for much of last term. Bent has struggled to find his best form, and has also lost his place in the starting XI following the appointment of Paul Lambert during the summer.

The Scottish coach signed Christian Benteke ahead of the new campaign, and the Belgian international has become first choice striker. This has sparked speculation that Bent could be offloaded when the window reopens in the New Year, but Lambert insists he is not seeking buyers for the 28-year-old.

"I'm not actively looking to sell him," he said. "There isn't an issue, at least not at my end. It's just back to the injury and I have to look after another 20 lads. I have to pick a team I think will win. I've always done that. Everyone has to show their worth. I have no favourites. I judge them as equals."

Bent, who has been strongly linked with a move to Queens Park Rangers, remains under contract at Villa Park until 2015. He has scored two goals in nine Premier League matches this term, but his determination to win back his place in the starting line-up has been hindered by an ankle injury of late.

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