“This time, it’s personal,” claims outcast Aston Villa striker

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent – currently on loan at Championship side Derby County – has heavily criticised Villa manager Paul Lambert for the way he has treated him at the club.

The 30 year-old cost the Midlands side a club-record £24 million from Sunderland in 2011, however since Lambert became manager in 2012, Bent has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

And the club record signing says his career at the club is over. He has not started a Premier League game for Villa in 21 months – confronting Lambert on numerous occasions about it – and believes that his career at Villa Park is over as long as Lambert remains in the dugout.

“Is that it for me at Villa now? Who knows? While this manager’s in charge it’d seem like it,” said Bent.

“At first it was brilliant at Villa, the first couple of years were fantastic under managers Gerard Houllier and Alex McLeish.

“Then Paul Lambert came in and it all changed.

“But I’ve got no regrets about going to Villa. It’s still a fantastic club, I loved my time there, it’s just a shame the way it’s coming to an end.”

Bent has made a total of 72 appearances for Villa in all competitions, scoring 25 goals. Following their 1-0 loss to Leicester City on Saturday, Villa sit in 13th place in the Premier League with 22 points, while Derby County – for whom Bent has yet to make an appearance on loan – are second in the Championship with 48 points.

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