The striker is widely expected to leave Villa Park this summer after failing out of favour under Paul Lambert, with Nicklas Helenius taking his squad number for next season
The Villans have just released their squad numbers with Bent’s shirt number going to new signing Nicklas Helenius.
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The striker wrote on Twitter: "Gutted to lose my No 9 shirt. Unfortunately one of those things I have to deal with."
Bent is widely expected to leave Villa Park this summer after falling out of favour with manager Paul Lambert and dropping behind Benteke and Weimann in the pecking order, admitting in a recent YouTube that he expects to depart the club "pretty soon".
The striker made just 16 appearances for Villa in the Premier League last season, scoring three times.
Elsewhere Brad Guzan has been handed the No.1 shirt, Charles N’Zogbia will wear No.36 and Stiliyan Petrov's No.19 has been retired for a year.