Darren Bent has smashed Aston Villa’s record transfer fee as he has signed for a deal worth £18million, with potential add-ons rising the deal to £24million.
The Sunderland striker had scored 36 goals in 53 appearances for the Black Cats and had flourished under Steve Bruce since arriving from White Hart Lane and sent shock waves through the world of football when he announced he wanted to leave yesterday.
It’s unknown why Bent chose to hand in a written transfer request as he was understandably settled at Tyneside and with Sunderland flying high in 6th, the Black Cats future was one to watch.
Sunderland Manager Steve Bruce was today reached for comment and told the Sunderland website:
“It’s hugely disappointing that Darren has decided that his future lies away from Sunderland and the players, our supporters and the club as a whole have every right to feel massively let down.
“The timing is especially hard to take, given that we are progressing positively and are in a great position to push on.
“Everyone has been nothing but supportive of Darren in his time at Sunderland but it’s obvious he’s not been himself in training and we’ve certainly not seen the best of him in games in recent weeks – and we now understand why.
“I’ve always stated that my aim is to build a talented, young squad for the long-term to help the club achieve sustained success and I want Sunderland fans to know that our ambitions haven’t changed on that front.”