?90k-per-game star calls it a day

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 13th June 2014

The player who cost West Ham United ?90,000 per game in the Championship has retired, blaming money for killing the game.

David Bentley made just five appearances for West Ham during the 2011/12 season before injury curtailed his season-long loan from Tottenham, just two months into his contract.

However due to a clause in his contract which prevented West Ham from cancelling the loan until January, West Ham were obliged to pay the player's wages in full until then - a staggering ?450,000 in total or ?90,000 for every appearance Bentley made in claret and blue.

A tearful Bentley, now 29, told Sky Sports News: "The game's changed a lot. It's different.
"When I first started it was enjoyable. Now it's a little bit robotic and the social media side of things has made it boring. The money that's come into the game has made it boring and predictable.

"My life has gone in a different direction now and I felt like it was time to call it a day. The love of the game went a little bit and i didn't want to carry on. Life's full of ifs and buts, but I'm happy with the way my career went. There were some highs and some lows."

Following his return to parent club Tottenham in January 2012, Bentley spent three months in Russia on loan with Premier League side FC Rostov before returning to the UK to join former club Blackburn, also on loan, in Feburary 2013.

However he was to make just seven appearances for Rovers before returning to Spurs, who released him on a free transfer at the end of the 2012/13 season - since when he has been without a club.

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