FORMER Sunderland striker Darren Bent claims money didn’t come into his decision to drop down into the Championship to join Brighton on loan.
Bent has joined the Seagulls on an initial month-long stint after being limited to a bit-part role at Aston Villa this season, following last year’s loan at relegated Fulham.
The move continues the 30-year-old’s fall from grace since leaving Sunderland in January 2011, when he opted to join Villa in a £24million move despite netting 32 goals in 58 Premier League outings for the Black Cats.
But Bent, whose contract at Villa Park expires next summer, had no qualms about leaving the Premier League and insists finances didn’t come into his decision.
“Anyone who knows me and has known me for a long time knows that all I care about is football,” said Bent.
“It has never been about money or anything like that.
“It has always been about playing football. I’m always at my happiest when I’m playing football.
“I wasn’t getting a lot of game time at Aston Villa and it doesn’t bother me that I’ve had to drop down a division to play football.
“I’ve seen Brighton play and they play like a Premier League team. They play good football. And that is why I wanted to come here and join them.”