Robbie Savage says "unbelievable" David Bentley could have been "next Beckham"

Wales legend Robbie Savage says former England prodigy and teammate David Bentley could have been one of the best players in the Premier League.

The pundit, who spoke to Daily Star Sport ahead of Euro 2020, played with the ex-Tottenham midfielder at Blackburn Rovers after the Englishman had moved from Arsenal.

Bentley showed incredible potential at Arsenal and then Ewood Park but struggled to fulfil expectations after moving to Spurs.

He retired in 2014 at just 29-years-old, saying he had "fallen out of love with the game" in a teary interview.

But Savage, whose career also included the likes of Birmingham City and Leicester City, reckons the starlet could have reached the dizzying heights of England legend David Beckham.

Savage told Daily Star Sport: "David Bentley was unbelievable.

"He retired early, played for England and had a big move to Spurs. For a period, everybody said he was the next David Beckham.

"He was unbelievable. Great guy, the longevity just wasn't there for David, but an unbelievable talent who (could have gone further) if he had played for more years and had the appetite and desire.

"He was amazing, and such a great guy. So Bentley, even though he had an amazing career, he could have had more caps, he could have been, for me, one of the best. He was incredible.

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"No idea (why it didn't turn out that way). But he had an amazing career, he played in the Premier League, he played for England, signed for Spurs, scored that wonderful goal in the 4-4 draw.

"He had an amazing career but for me could have been at a period one of the best in the Premier League."

Bentley burst onto the scene with Arsenal, scoring a memorable chip aged 19 before finishing his career with a spell in Russia for FC Rostov.

In 2020 he said he was running the Sala group, which runs bars and restaurants in Spain and Gibraltar, after living in Marbella.

He also said he had a business interest in bespoke flooring company, GFF Bentley and Howell, which is based in Stansted.

After retiring, he said: “I’ve given up football. I’ve taken the decision to take my life in a different direction.

“I’ve just had little baby twins, three months old, and I’ve got a little four-year-old and I want to focus on that. My love for the game went a little bit and I didn’t want to carry on just for the fact of paying me money.

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“It’s not really ever been an option for me to do that. I’m involved in a restaurant in Spain and we’re bringing it to the UK, so there is a lot of work there.

“I enjoyed every minute of it and had a smile on my face every day but I don’t want to carry on taking my family to a place we really don’t want to be. Life’s too short to do that.

“Now it’s a little bit robotic, the social media side of it, the money that has come into the game. I hate to say it, but it’s made it boring and predictable – calculated – and to go and sign another three or four years into that wasn’t really an option for me.”

Ahead of Euro 2020, Savage pranked former foe Rio Ferdinand as part of a 'Finally Together' campaign by Heineken, the official sponsor of the tournament.

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