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Bentley Announces Retirement

Former England international David Bentley has stated that he is retiring from football at the age of 29. Bentley, who has seven England caps to his name, was last seen on the books of Spurs almost a year ago. He has been on the free transfer market for the last 12 months but he has failed to find a new club. This coupled with his lack of love for the game has led to the retirement. Bentley did not suffer any major injury problems during his career. This comes as a shock to many given that Bentley was once spoken of as the next David Beckham.

He moved to Tottenham in 2008 for £ 15 million, but his career went downhill immediately after joining the North London outfit. After failing to establish himself in the tournament first-team, he moved to several clubs like Birmingham and West Ham on loan deal from the club. He has made just over 250 matches in his career, but the last few years have been very difficult for him. Bentley came through the ranks at Arsenal before moving onto Blackburn where he made his name. He moved to Blackburn in 2006 and played for them in more than 100 matches before coming to North London.

“I’ve given up football. It’s over a year since I played my last game and I’ve taken the decision to take my life in a different direction. I felt like it was time to call it a day. I’ve just had little baby twins, three months old, and I’ve got a little four-year-old and I want to focus on that. My love for the game went a little bit and I didn’t want to carry on just for the fact of paying me money. It’s not really ever been an option for me to do that. I’m involved in a restaurant in Spain and we’re bringing it to the UK, so there is a lot of work there,” said Bentley.

Bentley Reveals Love For Football Is Lost

Former Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has revealed in an interview for the first time that he does not enjoy football anymore. Bentley has been out of the game for almost 12 months after being released by Tottenham last summer. However, he has not joined any other club despite being available on a free transfer. Speaking for the first time about his career, the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder says that he has lost his love for the game and is most likely not going to play again.

Bentley was once a £ 15 million transfer from Blackburn to Tottenham. However, his career soon went downhill after joining the London outfit. Prior to that, he was considered as one of the most important players in the under 21 setup for the England national team. In fact, he scored the first ever goal at the new Wembley. Former under 21 manager Stuart Pearce revealed a few months ago that he would have signed Bentley the first week if he had joined Nottingham Forest. Bentley has revealed that he has been taking care of his businesses in Spain and not playing football during the last 12 months.

The revelation is unlikely to endear him to prospective clubs, would have been hoping to sign him in the summer.
“I’ve had a bad time of it. Each year and each stage of my career it got worse both things on and off the pitch. I decided to take three months off, then it became six, then nine. I’ve enjoyed being away from the game and just watching it. It’s strange for me because when I was younger it was only thing I ever wanted to do. Slowly the game became repetitive and I’m not interested in that, I want to enjoy myself,” said Bentley in a talk show.