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    Post by Guest on Thu Sep 13 2012, 23:20




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    David Bentley interview - Make of this what you will.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/tottenham-david-bentley...

    David Bentley interview: We celebrated a Champions League place with a tub of water - then my Spurs career dried up

    David Bentley is moving to Russia to escape the ‘stigma’ he believes ruined his Tottenham career.

    Bentley, 28, was seen as one of English football’s best young talents and was held up by ex-England boss Steve McClaren as having the potential to be the “new David Beckham.”

    But the past four years at White Hart Lane have seen Bentley go from being a £15million prestige signing to a forgotten man desperate to escape a troublesome reputation which he insists is undeserved.

    Bentley has moved to Russian club FC Rostov on loan - he's set to make his debut against Dynamo Moscow on Sunday - and is hoping he will be judged on his football and nothing else in his new surroundings.

    “I think there’s a big stigma around me in England,” said Bentley. “The picture that Tottenham painted of me was so wrong.

    “I’ve heard a lot of managers ringing players up and saying, ‘I’ve heard he’s trouble.’ The players then tell me about it, but by then they had decided not to sign me.

    "Someone had to be telling them that, because it’s just not what I am like.

    “It’s time for a fresh start - get rid of those shackles and get away from England for a while to go to somewhere to be judged on what I can do on the pitch rather than something that’s completely wrong about me.”

    It is easy to forget that Bentley has seven full England caps and, five years ago, represented the bright new generation - rather like today’s emerging talents Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tom Cleverley.

    Bentley admits there have been mistakes along the way and he does not hide from them. He insists he is now both older and wiser.

    Perhaps most costly of all was THAT infamous Champions League celebration, which was shown live on Sky and went down badly with manager Harry Redknapp.

    Ex-ars*nal trainee Bentley - and several other players - tipped a tub of water over the then-Spurs manager after they won at Manchester City in May 2010 to clinch a Champions League place.

    While Redknapp is always seen as jovial, as a players’ manager and able to enjoy a joke, he lost his sense of humour and seemingly never forgave Bentley for his part in the high-jinks at Eastlands.

    Bentley said: “It was all good natured. But he definitely didn’t see it like that. It was a celebration and nothing more.

    “That season, I’d played 20 games up until that point and we got into the Champions League. I’d started 15 games in a row and, even though I didn’t start that game, we were just celebrating a brilliant achievement.

    “He never said anything to my face about it - he didn’t really ever say much to me at all - but I knew I was always up against it after that.

    "I hardly got another look-in.

    “I’ve played 42 games in four years. I should have played 42 games in one season, let alone four.

    "It’s been like banging my head against a brick wall at times.

    “Now I’m going to Russia to show it’s all about football.

    "I want to push myself, try something new and get back to where I was. I still believe in myself. I’m buzzing about playing again and that’s something I’ve missed so much.”

    Bentley is the first to admit his mistakes.

    There are huge regrets, too.

    He would love to get back to the form which got him in the England set-up and refuses to give up on that possibility.

    “The relationship never worked at Tottenham,” he said. “Whether it was with the club, the manager or the fans, it just didn’t happen for me.

    “I didn’t set the price. That wasn’t down to me. Most of my friends are Spurs fans and there’s nothing I would have wanted more than to succeed.

    “But the manager (Redknapp) didn’t pick me.

    "It was the unknown which was difficult. There was a total lack of communication.

    “I thought the new manager (Andre Villas-Boas) might give me a chance but there’s probably been too much water under the bridge already.

    “England was another thing that came tumbling down at Tottenham. I still believe I can play at that level but I’ve just got to be given the chance to play regularly again.

    “I looked at the call-ups this week and felt I’ve still got a chance. I don’t think what happened was over hype or anything. I handled it, but suddenly the spotlight is on you. You’ve got to be able to handle it. I always felt I did.

    “I really regret leaving Blackburn the way I did. Coming out publicly saying I wanted to leave was a mistake. But so much has been said about me which is wrong.

    “It got put about that I’m a party boy.

    "I’ve got a restaurant business in Spain - it’s an investment with my agent.

    "Harry Redknapp said I should concentrate on playing football rather than running that. The truth is, I never even go there. It’s an investment.”

    Bentley went on loan to West Ham last season, but a serious knee injury curtailed his loan spell.

    He could have gone to other English clubs this summer, and was linked with both Fulham and QPR, but chose Russia.

    He added: “I’ve never been someone to take the easy way out. Russian football is exciting.

    "Stipe Pletikosa, who was a team-mate at Spurs, is over there and put me in touch.

    "It’s a challenge. It’s a new world for me.

    "I’ve been to Moscow before but Rostov will be different - they’re rather like the Blackburn of Russian football.

    “My missus and our daughter will come out in a few weeks - her old man works in Russia, so we already know a bit about it.

    “I could have just stayed at Tottenham. But I left ars*nal to go and try play regularly when I could have just sat back.

    "It’s a bit like that now - I just want to go and play.”


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    Post by BazSpur on Thu Sep 13 2012, 23:41

    Be interesting to see if his football gets better now then.


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    Re: harry wet

    Post by vis on Fri Sep 14 2012, 05:18

    Maybe he never made the grade because he just wasn't good enough? I have read the rumours that Redknapp had his favourites. That was his style of man management. People who manage others are strangely human sometimes (not always lol)so will behave like humans and have some people they prefer. In a "normal" job that would mean they turn a blind eye to slightly longer breaks for the preferred and send the crappy jobs to the less preferred? Whichever way Bentley never exactly set The Lane on fire . . . .


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    Re: harry wet

    Post by Guest on Fri Sep 14 2012, 05:57

    but he played in over 20 games the season we got4th
    the season after he didnt play vdv came in and we limped to 5th spot.

    i thought bentley done okay that season but after that he was frozen out just like pav kranker gio

    gio got best kid at the last world cup yet still didnt get a start for spurs last seaon in the prem.
    if he was at any other club they would of played him more
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    Re: harry wet

    Post by vis on Fri Sep 14 2012, 06:02

    As I said Lought that was Redknapps way. Still stand by my belief that Bentley wasn't that good (Kranky was though, IMHO) . . . . .


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    Re: harry wet

    Post by anicoll5 on Fri Sep 14 2012, 06:43

    Arry did not think he was better than the players he had, Wenger let him go, not one of the various clubs he has been offered to or been on loan with has made a serious effort to sign him

    Does that tell us anything about Mr David Bentley ?

    Well I think it probably does

    He is 27 - I respect him for making a very bold move to a struggling Russian side

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    Re: harry wet

    Post by vis on Fri Sep 14 2012, 07:20

    If you had of read the report Lought posted Nic it says he is 28yrs old (as do other sources) ! Keep up old bean and digest the information offered . . . . .


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    Re: harry wet

    Post by anicoll5 on Fri Sep 14 2012, 08:42

    Thank f*ck you are here to keep it straight Vis and correct my many, many errors

    27.8.84 Dob

    Clearly poor Dave is nearer the end of his career than I first imagined


    And now he is in the South of Russia

    Poor soul


    Re: harry wet

    Post by BazSpur on Fri Sep 14 2012, 21:23

    I agree with Vis. He never really set the lane on fire with scintillating football. He may do well in Russia depends what the level of skill is in his new club. Do they still send people to Siberia?


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