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Bent move 'aided' by Twitter rant

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Bent laughs off Twitter incident

Striker Darren Bent believes his Twitter outburst against Tottenham may have helped speed up his £10m move from the club to Sunderland.

Bent, 25, criticised Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on social networking site Twitter as the transfer was delayed.

"In the long run it seems like it has (paid off) but at the same time I was disappointed at the way it came out," said the England international.

"I just wanted to come to Sunderland. I am delighted to be here."

The deal for Bent could rise to £16.5m depending on his success with the Black Cats, and he has targeted recapturing his England place by flourishing in the more relaxed atmosphere at Sunderland compared to Tottenham.

"There is a lot of politics at Tottenham, but that's Tottenham as a club," added Bent.

"I'm a Sunderland player now and it seems a lot more relaxed here.

"The fans are passionate and they have a fantastic stadium. It is the perfect place for me to play well, score goals and hopefully get back into the England set-up.

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"The anticipation for this season is massive and I can't wait to get going."

Bent was the top scorer at White Hart Lane last season with 17 goals but has struggled to make an impact at Spurs since signing for £16.5m in June 2007.

The forward says he is stronger for his experience and wants to repay the efforts of Black Cats boss Steve Bruce in bringing him to the Stadium of Light.

"I want to get back to enjoying my football," said Bent. "I've had to grow up a lot in the last two years as a footballer and a person and I'm raring to go this season.

Bent excited by Sunderland challenges

"I think Steve Bruce is a fantastic manager, when I knew he was interested in me it just helped the drive for the move to come about."

He added: "The facilities and stadium are fantastic and Sunderland has the makings of an awesome football club.

"I like the area, where I'm staying is lovely, has a nice view and it's not as cold as thought it was going to be. It's a nice place to be."

Bent knows he faces competition for his place at Sunderland but insists he is ready for the challenge and wants to try to better his goal tally from last season.

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"There are no targets, but if I can score as many as last year and maybe a few more I'll be delighted," he said.

"The first thing I've got to do is earn my place because we've some fantastic strikers here.

"Obviously I know Fraizer Campbell from last year, while big Kenwyne Jones and David Healy are here as well.

"But I've come here to play football. If I can work hard and produce the goods there should be no problem.

"I'm a goalscorer and I don't think that will change."



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see also
Bent seals record Sunderland move
05 Aug 09 |  Sunderland
Bent apologises for online rant
31 Jul 09 |  Tottenham
Redknapp amazed by late Bent miss
19 Jan 09 |  Tottenham
Bent makes 16.5m Tottenham move
29 Jun 07 |  Tottenham


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