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Remember David Bentley? Guess what he's doing now?

David Bentley has traded the rough and tumble of football life for the life of a restaurant owner in sunny Marbella, Spain.

The man who was once tipped by former England boss Steve McClaren as the the "new David Beckham" back in 2007, has retired from playing football professionally at age 29 in June of 2014.

In an interview with the Mirror, the former Arsenal trainee said that he basically got tired with the professional game.

"...I just got tired of all the b******* that goes with it, people wanting you to sell yourself as something you're not," he told the Mirror.

Not that he lacked the skills, since he won nine caps for England and scored some absolute gems such as this on in 2011 when he was playing for Birmingham City:

For him though, the best times in his footballing career came when he was still in the youth set-up.

“Back then I was with my mates, playing Sunday League, you’re winning together with all your mums and dads, that’s when football is brilliant," he said.

Now that he has transitioned away from the game, it's lucky for him that his restaurants are thriving.

So successful that he is planning to expand to the United Kingdom.

So his playing days might have petered out but it seems that his days as a restaurateur is just beginning. 

Sources: The Mirror, Guardian, YouTube

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