'Hate to see it' - Exclusive: Bent gutted as Everton to sell senior star
Darren Bent has revealed his disappointment as Everton prepare to sell Yannick Bolasie at a major loss this summer.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he hates to see talented players like the DR Congo international struck down through injury.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Toffees are prepared to sell the 31-year-old, whose contract runs out next summer, for as little as £3million this summer.
Bolasie arrived at Goodison Park for £25million from Crystal Palace but has seen his Toffees career decimated by injuries.
A cruciate ligament rupture back in December 2017 left him sidelined for over a year and he has played just a handful of times for the club since.
Bent insists that the Everton man has proven he has bags of quality but that injury has snatched his chance to impress away from him.
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Bent told Football Insider: “He went down there and he had aspirations of doing really well but he’s been plagued by injuries, he went to Villa too, that didn’t really work.
“He just can’t seem to stay fit and that’s a shame because I like him, I think he’s got a lot to offer but unfortunately the injuries have just killed him a little bit.
“He’s going to have to go somewhere else now, try and stay fit, try and get himself back to tip-top shape. Honestly, I hate to see it when players have got ability like he’s got and are blighted by injuries.”
Bolasie is set to leave the Toffees after making just 32 appearances during his four-year spell contracted to the club.
He spent last season on loan at Sporting CP and scored twice and contributed five assists in 25 games for the Portuguese heavyweights.
In other news, an Everton big-money signing has collapsed after terms agreed.