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David Bentley is the main interview in the latest issue of hotspur, the Club's official monthly magazine, now on sale.

David Bentley is the main interview in the latest issue of hotspur, the Club's official monthly magazine, now on sale.

The midfielder who joined from Blackburn Rovers in the summer gives readers an exclusive insight into his upbringing and playing career so far.

In particular, he focuses on his boyhood interest in the Club he now plays for - inspired by the legendary Paul Gascoigne.

"Gazza was my favourite player," he confirms, "but you see my old man was in the RAF so I never really had a team to support because we were moving around so much. When I settled down here, Tottenham was the team I used to go to watch.

"Gazza was great. I played in a testimonial with him and it was brilliant. It was just a dream to be in the same dressing room. He was having a quiet smoke and he called me over, and said he had heard good things about me. Like I said, it was like being in a dream."

David admits he owes a lot to his family for helping him get to where he is now, despite many an upheaval.

"They sacrificed a lot for me," David reveals. "I didn't grow up with a lot of money but they always made sure I had boots, and they used to take me training on Tuesday and Thursday and then to games on Saturday and Sunday.

"My dad actually used to play himself. He played for Rochdale and he had a trial at Blackburn. And my uncle played for Manchester United at youth level, but they both gave it up and went into the RAF."

David also lets us in on his personal mindset and how he has stayed positive throughout the team's disappointing start to the season.

"The ups and downs of football are amazing," he says. "The only way I can deal with it is to try to keep a level head. I do think about things a lot. In times like this, you have got to take things seriously. But generally I try to have a light-hearted take on it all if I can, or it can affect you too much. It can have a negative effect on you."

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