Bent - I can handle expectation

19 January 2011 09:00
Darren Bent insists he can handle the pressure of being Aston Villa's record signing after completing his £18million move from Sunderland. Bent has signed a four-and-a-half year contract and will make his debut in Saturday's home Barclays Premier League clash with title-chasing Manchester City. It is the third big money move of his career after moving from Charlton to Tottenham for £16.5million and then an initial £10million from Spurs to the Black Cats. Bent said: "When I first went to Spurs, and it happened there (moving for a big transfer fee), I was so nervous. "It did play a massive part in my mind and it probably got me down at times. But I'm older and more wise now. "I've played a few more seasons in the Premier League and it just comes with the territory now."

Source: PA


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