Ex Spurs winger urges transfer target to choose Liverpool over WHL

David Bentley playing for FC Rostov

Earlier this week David Bentley announced his retirement from professional football at the tender age of 29-years-old.

The former Blackburn man had been without a club since his Tottenham contract expired last summer, having failed to produce the form to justify his £16 million switch to the club in 2008.

The reason he packed the game in wasn't a serious injury, or an inability to find a new club, but rather the fact he 'fell out of love' with the sport, and wasn't prepared to move his young family just to pick up a wage doing something he was no longer passionate about.

Though he is no longer looking to kick a ball, he clearly has plenty to say about the sport in England, and disclosed some snippets of advice for Southampton captain Adam Lallana that may not go down too well at White Hart Lane.

Bentley, himself a creative, skilful winger when on form, championed the England player, who made his World Cup debut as a substitute in the country's 2-1 loss to Italy.

And he urged the player to think long and hard about any potential move, seemingly critical of Tottenham's instability over the last few years.

"I think he's a brilliant player, one of the most talented England have got," the former England winger said.

"My advice to him is you've got to be careful what you're walking in to. He's probably at a good football club at Southampton where he get's to enjoy every day, he can express himself, he's got to be careful which direction he goes in and he's got to pick the right football team to develop his career. 

"Whether Tottenham are the right one for him, I'm not too sure.

"I think he'd be best suited for Liverpool if I'm honest," added Bentley.

"Liverpool are a leading example for all football club's in England, the respect, the fans, the way everyone loves the football club, I think it's run in the right way and it seems like a good place to play, seems like everyone enjoy themselves.

"It's good place to play as a footballer and I think Lallana would fit in to that."

It remains to be seen whether either club will follow up on earlier interest in the 25-year-old, with Spurs previously rumoured to have stepped out of the running.

But if nothing else it is a good bit of PR for Brendan Rodgers' side, while Tottenham are sure to be disappointed that a player who was at the club for five years would be so eager to endorse a rival.

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