The Mirror says Bentley's future at White Hart Lane looks bleak after Redknapp virtually washed his hands of the Tottenham flop on Friday.
And just in case Bentley - viewed as the natural successor to David Beckham on England’s right flank just a couple of years ago - has not got the message yet, the following excerpts from Redknapp’s media briefing yesterday should leave him in little doubt where he stands.
REPORTER: Isn’t this Cup tie a chance to play Bentley?
REDKNAPP: It would be if I wanted to.
REPORTER: Do you want to play him?
REDKNAPP: That’s another question.
REPORTER: Is he working hard?
REDKNAPP: He is working. He’s OK.
REPORTER: Have you been saying that about him since day one?
REDKNAPP: I played him every week when I first came here.
REPORTER: What’s changed?
REDKNAPP: Aaron Lennon has done well. I’ve also got Modric and Kranjcar does well for me - Niko was a good signing at £2m because he’s a terrific footballer and a great lad. He works hard, trains hard, never gives you a minute’s problem and he has no attitude. Luka is the same, and that’s what I still enjoy about football, players who want to come in every day, train and enjoy it.