Clement was appointed as Derby boss in June 2015 but lasted just 33 games with the Rams, and his time at the club coincided with Bent being dropped from the starting lineup.
Bent was critical of Clement's time with the East Midlands outfit on Friday when working for Sky Sports as a pundit, saying that it was inevitable that Clement would "crumble " and that the former Chelsea assistant did 'not like confrontation'.
However, Clement has chosen to respond to the forward, claiming that the 34-year-old was showing "bitterness" for not keeping his place in the side.
I sense some bitterness here, which is normal if a player does not play much.— Paul Clement (@PaulClement1972) August 4, 2018
It is never a difficult decision to leave out a player who is over weight and lazy.