Bentley may quit Spurs - Redknapp

18 May 2009 04:02
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has suggested that midfielder David Bentley could leave the club in the summer. The 24-year-old signed for £15m from Blackburn last July, but has slipped down the pecking order under Redknapp. "David's going to look at it and think 'hang on, I'm not getting in the team even when Aaron Lennon's not fit. Maybe it is time I moved on'," he said. Roman Pavlyuchenko, meanwhile, has apologised for his reaction to being subbed against Manchester City. The Russian striker stormed down the tunnel on Saturday after he was replaced by Fraizer Campbell with 15 minutes left of the match and with the scores at 1-1. Redknapp appeared to clap sarcastically when the striker headed straight to the dressing room, before watching his Spurs side go on to win the match 2-1 thanks to Robbie Keane's late penalty. "I don't like that," said the Spurs boss afterwards. "The fans are here and paying their money to watch and when a player runs down the tunnel without sitting down and watching and getting behind the team, I think that is disrespectful to his team-mates." However, Pavlyuchenko - who himself has been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer - told the club website: "During the game I had a couple of chances to score but I didn't take those chances so I was angry at myself when I came off, not at the decision to replace me. Why can't Bentley get a game? "I know it was not my best performance but I blame myself for that and nobody else. "I did not mean to cause offence with my actions and I apologise to my team-mates, the coaching staff and the supporters, who have treated me so well since I arrived. "It is now up to me to go away and work on sharpening up in front of goal." While Pavlyuchenko's apology might go some way to appeasing Redknapp, Bentley looks to have a fight on his hands if he wants to prove himself at Spurs, having been an unused substitute in the last nine games. In fact, he has also not started a game since 19 February when they played at Shakhtar Donestk in the Uefa Cup. "As a person I like him very much, he's a good lad and a good player," added the Spurs boss. "But I've played differently and changed the way we've played a bit. I've had results so no-one can complain."

Source: BBC_Sport