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David Bentley retires from football aged 29

14 Jun 2014, 09:41 IST
Bentley in action for Tottenham

Ex-Arsenal and Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has prematurely called time on his playing career at the age of 29 . Bentkey, who enjoyed his best spell at Blackburn Rovers, stated that the game has become robotic and boring according to the Daily Mail.

The midfielder played for several clubs and was seen as a potential heir to David Beckham but the midfielder never fulfilled his potential and has decided to call it quits.

The former England international struggled at Tottenham, who signed him for £15 million from Blackburn, and was finally released by the club after failed loan spells at Birmingham, West Ham, FC Rostov and Blackburn Rovers.

“I've fallen out of love with the game,” said Bentley while speaking to Sky Sports News.

“The game has changed a lot - when I first started playing it was more about enjoying it, you went into work every day and it was brilliant.

“Now it's a little bit robotic - with the social media side of it and the money that has come into the game - I hate to say it but it's made it boring, it's made it predictable and a bit too calculated.

“To sign on for another four or five years into that isn't really an option for me.”

The midfielder’s talent was first spotted by Arsenal who had him on their books from 1997 to 2006. 

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