Former Tottenham and Arsenal star David Bentley criticises modern football again

David Bentley playing for FC Rostov

The midfielder retired from the game at just 29-years-old.

In June, former Tottenham and Arsenal winger David Bentley announced his retirement from football at the tender age of just 29. He professed he had fallen out of love with the game and become disillusioned with the 'robotic' nature of modern football, as he told The Mirror.

The former England international has since gone on to open up several businesses, including a popular restaurant in Spain, and certainly appears to be keeping himself occupied in his spare time.

But most recently he has been playing a new sport, Gaelic football.

The 30-year-old, who also played for Blackburn Rovers and FC Rostov in his professional career, took up the sport as part of a television documentary in Ireland.

The programme airs this evening and Bentley was speaking to Belfast Live about the show this week. In doing so, the former Tottenham and Arsenal star had another dig at the way football has changed in recent years:

“The whole intense nature of soccer now has taken the enjoyment out of it. Personalities are not being seen.

“Obviously the money’s there but there’s a problem in the relationship between the players and the public. It’s something I didn’t really enjoy being part of.

“Every stage I got to, the less I enjoyed it so when my contract came to the end I decided to stop playing.

“My whole goal in life was to play for the England team and when I got there, it wasn’t really as good as I thought it would be."

Bentley is certainly right in many respects. There is an alarming disconnect between players and fans these days. The money in the game has seen to that. But hopefully he sees the stories of Harry Kane at Tottenham, Charlie Austin at QPR and the incredible reception Jonas Gutierrez recently received and realises that in football, it’s not all bad.

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