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Beckham says he is settling into the Spanish way of life
England captain David Beckham has said he would consider becoming an astronaut and going to the Moon when he ends his playing career.

Asked in an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero if he would go there he said it would be "an experience" if he got the opportunity.

Speaking partly in Spanish and partly through a translator he denied rumours he wanted to leave Real Madrid.

Beckham, 30, said he was settling into the Spanish lifestyle.

I am very, very happy here and I want to stay - it is one of the biggest clubs in the world
David Beckham

He said: "The only people that talk about me leaving Real Madrid are people that maybe want me to leave.

"I am very, very happy here and I want to stay - it is one of the biggest clubs in the world."

Life in Spain was now "very happy" after a first year which had been "a bit difficult", he added.

Teaching plan

He had taken to eating later in the day and having the odd siesta, he revealed.

Beckham said had taken a liking to "jamon" - cured Spanish ham - and "percebes" - a type of shellfish.

He said he did not want to become a football manager when his playing days ended.

"When I finish playing football, I just want to teach children in my academy," he said.

He also said his youngest son Cruz was eating and sleeping well and was "very handsome".

His normal day involved getting up at 7am to give milk to baby Cruz before taking eldest son Brooklyn to school and his other son, Romeo, to nursery.

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