The England international has been linked with a move to Liverpool over the last couple of days, as The Reds’ look for a solution to their goal-scoring problems.
Despite Bent having had an inconsistent campaign thus-far, mainly down to injuries, the Scottish coach has stated that the attacker will be staying at Villa Park.
“Yes, I say that now. He won’t be leaving,” McLeish told Mirror Football.
Bent scored the third goal in Villa’s 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and the forward is keen to get back to form for the rest of the season.
“It has been a frustrating time for me with injuries but I am now going in the right direction,” Bent stated.
“Long term I don’t think it was anything serious. I probably need to do a bit more work in the gym to get things stronger and just take it from there really.
“Hopefully that’s the last of my injury problems and I can look forward to some more time on the pitch and scoring goals now,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight