Friday, 13th June, 2014
Former Tottenham and Arsenal midfielder David Bentley has retired from football at the age of 29.
Bentley has been out of action for over a year, after being unable to find a club post his release from Tottenham in 2013.
Bentley, who cost Tottenham £15m to sign in 2008, last played on loan at Championship side Blackburn Rovers in 2013, managing five appearances, but failing to score a single goal.
"It's over a year since I played my last game and I felt like it was time to call it a day," the former England international was quoted as saying by the BBC.
Bentley also added that he wants to make his family the first priority at the moment and that is why doesn't want to continue with the game.
"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."
He also terms modern football as "predictable" and little bit "robotic".
"The game has changed a lot – when I first started playing it was more about enjoying it.
"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."
Bentley has played for a number of well-known clubs during his career which includes the likes of Arsenal, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham among others.