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Bent unsurprised by Young interest

March 27, 2011

Darren Bent is unsurprised several leading clubs are chasing the signature of Ashley Young given his form for England and Aston Villa.

Ashley Young, Darren Bent
GettyImagesDarren Bent was hopeful of keeping his England team-mates.

Villa to wait for Young talks

Young is out of contract at Villa in 15 months' time and is already being linked with a summer move to the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.

Bent has seen at first hand the form of club-mate Young at Villa Park since his £24 million move from Sunderland in January, and now Young is also starting to produce a similar level on the international stage.

Young won the penalty for the first goal and laid on the second for Bent during Saturday's 2-0 win over Wales in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff.

Bent said: "Ashley has been playing really, really well this season and being linked to top, top sides.

"It's because of the form he is showing like against Wales that all these clubs are after him. He was fantastic and it helps me that he is also in the Villa side.

"The main thing is we can keep going, hang onto him for as long as possible and keep creating the chances for Villa and scoring goals."