Sunderland striker wants to extend stay

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Star striker Darren Bent has admitted he is interested in extending his contract at Sunderland.

The 26-year-old hitman has been a sensation since moving to the Stadium of Light from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, scoring 34 goals in 53 appearances.

This form has allowed him to assert himself in the England squad and so it comes as no surprise that he is enjoying life on Wearside.

He has been the subject of transfer speculation in recent times despite his current contract taking him up until 2013. And with the high regard he holds for manager Steve Bruce, he has admitted he is happy to extend his stay.

Speaking to the News of the World, Bent said:"I can't believe how well it's gone. If the offer of an extension came up I'd be more than happy to sign it.

"It's all about the football up here. It's all passion, passion, passion, but the supporters' intensity has never scared me.

"They are looking at me to get the goals and that is a massive confidence booster."

Bent has also hailed Bruce's man-management skills, saying that he has the ability to be the next England manager.

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