Former Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan opens up on Darren Bent’s controversial departure from club to Aston Villa

Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has opened up on Darren Bent’s controversial departure from Sunderland to Aston Villa.

Gyan shared the dressing room with the former English star before he joined Aston Villa on a £24m transfer fee.

Bent left Sunderland in the January transfer window just months after Gyan had arrived.

Bent scored 36 goals for the Black Cats during his one-and-half-years on Wearside before controversially leaving for rivals Villa.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Black Stars striker expressed his disappointment in Darren Bent for his exit having struck up a promising partnership in the 2010-11 campaign.

Gyan asked Bent: “I want to ask Darren why he left Sunderland.”

Bent joked: “Have we still got time? Is it break time? Have we got a break?”

He added: “At the time Asamoah, it was just one of those things.

“Listen I knew it was your time to shine, so I thought if I don’t move over, you’re going to take my spot anyway, so the platform was yours.”

Gyan replied: “I know, I know Darren, but we were playing good. We were comfortable playing two strikers, honestly, I was disappointed.

“Because we got to know each other, and we were performing, and all of a sudden you left.”

Bent added: “Yeah I know, it was one of them decisions where I still look back and think, ‘hmm’.

“No, listen, at the end of the day we got to spend a little bit of time together, I enjoyed our time together.”

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