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Bentley might fancy longer Russia stay

Published 12/09/2012

Tottenham's David Bentley has not ruled out staying in Russia past January
Tottenham's David Bentley has not ruled out staying in Russia past January

Tottenham midfielder David Bentley has not ruled out the possibility of staying at FC Rostov beyond January.

Bentley joined the Russian club on a six-month loan deal last week after manager Andre Villas-Boas made it clear to the midfielder that he was not part of his first-team plans.

"Long term, we will see what happens," Bentley told Sky Sports News. "I am going there to hopefully enjoy my football. If things work out, then we will see what happens from there."

The 28-year-old joined Spurs for £15million in 2008, but barely featured under Harry Redknapp and was loaned out to Birmingham and West Ham, although his time at Upton Park was quickly cut short due to a serious knee injury.

The former Blackburn man featured for Tottenham in pre-season under Villas-Boas, but the Portuguese decided to offload the winger after signing Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele before the transfer window shut.

"You always hope," Bentley said. "But there has been a lot of water under the bridge at Tottenham with me.

"I had the injury last year, I was out for a season, and there were a lot of good players there ahead of me.

"You always live with that hope in pre-season but it was not to be. I am looking to play some games and we will see where we go from there."

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