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Spurs winger 'better than League One'

Bentley in pre season action with Spurs. (©GettyImages)
Bentley in pre season action with Spurs. (©GettyImages).

Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson has reiterated his doubts over signing former Arsenal and current Tottenham winger David Bentley on a permanent deal in January.

The 28-year-old currently finds himself on loan with Russian side Rostov until the New Year, and is unlikely to return to north London for the remainder of the season.

Bentley hasn't featured competitively for Spurs since November 2010, and despite being involved under Andre Villas-Boas in pre-season, the likelihood is that his future lies away from White Hart Lane.

After starting his promising career with the Gunners, Bentley was sold to Blackburn Rovers in 2006, after Arsene Wenger decided he had no future with the club. It was a move that reinvigorated the ex-Arsenal starlet, with his impressive performances at Ewood Park, earning him a £15million move to Tottenham two years later.

However, after falling out of favour under former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, Bentley spent loan spells with Birmingham City and West Ham, before his move to Russia in August.

Now, the midfielder - who also has seven caps for England - is being linked with a surprise move to League One, reuniting him with former Rovers team-mate Robinson.

"We have not spent much money over the summer, but at the same time we are very happy with the squad I have assembled at the club and have a lot of confidence in the players here," the MK Dons coach told Sky Sports. "We have not got anything left in the tank to bring in further additions, though.

"I would love to have David Bentley at this football club because he is a player whom I admire very much. Rob Segal is both our agents and I speak to David all the time and he knows how highly I rate him as a footballer, but it would be very difficult to see David play his football outside the Premier League.

"With all due respect to our football club, I don't feel that David should be playing at this sort of level."

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