Sunday, June 10, 2007

Real chief wants Beckham to stay

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is said to be ready to try to convince LA Galaxy-bound David Beckham to change his mind and stay at the Bernabeu.

Beckham, 32, is due to join the MLS club when his Real contract expires at the end of June.

Calderon has hinted there is a clause in the England midfielder's contract which could allow them to keep him.

Calderon told Marca newspaper: "We need to sit down with him, his representatives and decide between us."

Real reacted sharply to Beckham's rejection of their contract offer in January with Coach Fabio Capello saying Beckham would never play for the first-team again.

Calderon was even more scathing, branding Beckham: "an average cinema actor living in Hollywood," comments which prompted Real's players to throw their backing behind the England midfielder.

The Real president also claimed: "The proof our technical team was right in not considering his continuity has been ratified as nobody wanted him."

But Beckham's attitude impressed Capello enough to win back his first-team place, and the England midfielder has been inspirational as Real have put themselves in pole position to win the Spanish title.

In the meantime, Beckham has also won back his place in the England team, after his international career appeared to have ended following England's exit from last year's World Cup.

Having chastised Beckham for his decision in January, Calderon is reportedly extending an olive branch to the England midfielder.

The Real president said: "There was a bit of anger by the premature announcement of his exit, but we are now going to make an effort for him to stay. I would be delighted if he remained at the club."

A Los Angeles Galaxy spokesman was unaware of Real Madrid's claims, saying: "I don't know anything about it and won't have anything for you today."

Source : BBCi

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At 4:36 pm, Blogger Paulsworld said...

I don't know what to make of this! I never wanted Beckham to go to the USA but I am not so sure he should stay at Real Madrid. I mean the Madrid fans always supported him but Capello showed his true colours with his short-sighted comments saying he would never play again when Beckham had a drop in form.

In all though I hope he does stay in Spain, though I doubt it will happen. America is the wrong move in my eyes, but we'll have to see. I'm not holding my breath.

At 7:48 pm, Blogger Rooney Magic said...

I don't think he'll stay. He's a professional player.

At 8:52 pm, Blogger Paulsworld said...

I know. He is an honourable man and will go to Galaxy!

At 2:35 am, Blogger peiyi said...

yes i agree that capello is too short-sighted. he made a big fuss of beck's temporary bad-form and it was a big mistake! losing becks and losing the support of madrid fans i'd say.
isnt it too late to beg becks to stay? i mean, he already signed a 5yr deal. it's 5yr. not 1! if becks really decides to stay in Real, i think the LA G. owners are going to blow their heads off. so much controversy ever since beck's signing.

At 11:59 am, Blogger veronique said...

Everything is better than going to USA...

At 1:16 am, Anonymous Janess51 said...

I'm a big Becks fan and think he's amazing for the amount of 'stick' he's had to put up with over the years with 'fickle and impatient' fans and coaches and i just want to see everything work out well for him... wherever... but yeah hindsight is Great and i wish Real hadn't been such asses and that he could have waited one more year before coming to The States. It was inevitable he was going to come here eventually but it's been such a joy to watch Becks, RVN, Carlos and the rest of the Team these last few months. Sure will miss it. Good Luck Becks.

At 9:25 am, Blogger Kookie said...



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