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Monday, October 18, 1999 Published at 08:28 GMT 09:28 UK

Beckham: I'm here to stay

David Beckham (centre): "I'm not interested in what players earn elsewhere"

Manchester United star David Beckham has rubbished reports that he is ready to leave Old Trafford and insists he wants to stay with the Treble winners for the rest of his career.

The 24-year-old England international said: "I want to play for Manchester United for ever.

"I want to play for the only club I know. I have deep feelings for Manchester. It's my home, and to me it's as if I have this big family in red and black.

"I'm not interested in what players might earn elsewhere. I already belong to the biggest football club in the world, and I signed for United in the first place because I wanted to wear the shirt."

Beckham, however, admitted that the continuous taunts he receives at grounds around the country have begun to affect him.

The midfielder is quoted in The Express newspaper as saying: "Until recently people insulted my wife, but now it is even worse.

"It's Brooklyn, my son, and he's only eight months old.

"My experience since the World Cup has made me mentally stronger, though, and Brooklyn has helped me grow up.

"But for the past two years I have had to close myself off in many respects.

"I close the curtains in my home so I can't be seen, and when I am out in public I am aware that something that happens in five seconds can go on for a month."

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