Tottenham winger open to possibility of remaining in Russia beyond January.
Speaking to Sky Sports News ahead of his departure to Russia, the 28-year-old said: ‘There’s been a lot of water under the bridge. With the injury last year meant I was out for a season, and a lot of good players are ahead of me.
‘You always live with that hope in pre-season. It wasn’t to be. I’m looking to play some games and we’ll see where we go from there.’
He added: ‘I’m excited by the challenge. I’m there until Christmas; I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.
‘I’m fit and ready to go really. I just want to get back to playing football, and get that buzz from playing again. I’m as fit as I can be after not playing. So that’s what I’m looking to do – get match fit when I’m over there and getting back into the full flow of playing football again.
‘You never know with the football season and I’m treating it as a short-term contract. But long term we’ll see what happens. Obviously I’m going there to enjoy the football, so if things work out we’ll go from there.’
Tottenham Hotspur winger David Bentley has endured a fairly torrid time at White Hart Lane since arriving for £15m in 2008, though that is not to suggest that he has played no part in his own poor showings.
He was brought in with the label of ‘the next David Beckham’ after a fabulous season at Blackburn Rovers saw him recognised at international level and handed that illustrious No.7 jersey – for a total of 7 games ironically.
That was back in the 2007-08 season and he has not added to those 7 caps since, in a 4-year spell which has seen him make only 32 Premier League starts and go out on three different loan-spells.
While Bentley no doubt illustrated he had a huge amount of ability with Blackburn Rovers, at 28-years of age now he has not managed to materialise into the great player Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy, along with the most of the nation, hoped he could be and this latest venture into the largely unknown with Russian Premier side FC Rostov will be a make-or-break moment for the winger.
His admission that he would not be completely closed to the idea of remaining in Russia beyond the six months stipulated in his loan deal, should he enjoy his time there, is a revealing one and begs the question: will his interests, which for so long now have seemed to lie away from the football field, return to the round-ball sport or he has simply seen the potential in this move to ignite something other than his stuttering career – a cheap vodka supply-line to his Marbella bar!
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