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Beckhams 'may stay on in Spain'
David Cameron and his wife Samantha
Tory leader David Cameron was among the Beckhams' guests
David and Victoria Beckham have revealed that they may stay in Spain long term after they hosted a star-studded World Cup send-off party.

In an ITV interview, the England captain said of his three-year stay in Madrid: "I want to settle down here."

His wife Victoria agreed: "I don't want to go back right now."

Fans braved the rain to welcome guests including Wayne Rooney, David Cameron and Ozzy Osbourne to the party at the Beckhams' Hertfordshire mansion.

Singer Robbie Williams is believed to have performed at the Full Length and Fabulous Ball held at the Beckhams' house at Sawbridgeworth.

The party, rumoured to have cost 500,000, raised funds for charity.

Spanish life

In the interview, to be shown on ITV1 on Tuesday, Beckham spoke of his enjoyment of life in Spain.

He said: "I want to settle down here [Spain], my family's happy here, I'm happy playing football here."

Police officer outside the Full Length & Fabulous party
The area near the Beckhams' party was strictly controlled

His wife Victoria then added that she did not want to go back "right now".

She said: "We've got our house, we've got a nice set of friends, the kids are happy."

Beckham also spoke of the "hurt" he felt upon leaving Manchester United.

He said: "You know, I think at the time, when I'd signed for Real Madrid, and when I got home, I think I actually cried because, you know, it was Man United, it was a team that I'd been at for my whole life."

He also said: "It's impossible to trust people for me. And I don't like it being like that, I'm not that sort of person.

"But I've been made into that sort of person because there's been so many things and so many people, not let me down but just sold lies on me, and I think that's the tough part to do."

Children's charity

An unnamed person bid 103,000 for two tickets to attend the event, with the money going to children's charity the NSPCC.

Sharon, Kelly and Ozzy Osbourne

However, the Beckhams denied reports that they wanted a fly-past involving World War II aircraft to take place.

Reports of the fly-past led to claims of insensitivity being levelled at the couple, given that the World Cup is in Germany. The reports were based on comments by a Royal Air Force spokesman.

But a spokesman for the England captain and his wife told BBC News: "It was never going to happen."

He said: "David has been a keen supporter of the FA's guidance for no references to the Second World War, so anyone trying to make out that we pulled out due to pressure is wrong."




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Crowds outside the Beckhams' house describe the celebrity arrivals



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