David Bentley may stay in Russia beyond loan spell

Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has not ruled out the possibility of staying at Russian club FC Rostov beyond the end of his current loan spell, reports the Metro.

Bentley joined the Russian side on a six month loan deal last week, after Andre Villas-Boas made it clear the 28-year-old did not feature in his plans.

Rostov, who currently sit fourth from bottom in the Russian league, was the surprise destination for the former Arsenal and Blackburn man, who insists ‘I am going to enjoy my football. If things work out, then we will see what happens from there.’

Bentley – who has won seven England caps – has let his career stall at White Hart lane, following a £15million move four years ago. He has never been a regular in the side , and this is the third time he has been sent out on loan, having already had spells with Birmingham City and West Ham.

Bentley is hoping a test in a new country will have the desired effect, claiming he is misunderstood in England.

‘I think there’s a big stigma around me in England, he said.

‘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.’

‘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.’

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