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  Beckham is going to Real for 25m
Updated 17 June 2003, 21.27

David Beckham will be playing for Real Madrid next season after Manchester United confirmed they have agreed to sell him.

United released a statement that said they will get up to 25m for the England captain.

The deal will be completed on 2 July after Beckham has a medical, and he will then be presented to the Real fans.

Fact File
Players United might buy with the cash
Ronaldinho from Paris Saint Germain for 9m
Harry Kewell from Leeds for 7m
Ricardo Quaresma from Sporting Lisbon for 9m
United won't get all that money in one go, they'll get some in July, more over the next four years, and then even more if Real do well in the Champions League.

Speaking about the move, Beckham said: "I would like to publicly thank Sir Alex Ferguson for making me the player I am today.

Becks thanks the fans

"I will always hold precious memories of my time at Manchester United and Old Trafford as well as the players, who I regard as part of my family, and the brilliant fans who have given me so much support over the years and continue to do so."

Raul wears the number seven shirt for Real Madrid
Raul wears the number seven shirt for Real Madrid
In a statement on the Manchester United website, Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "David has been an integral part of all the successes that Manchester United have achieved in the last decade.

"I would like to wish him and his family every success in the future, and thank him for his service to the club."

It's rumoured that Beckham will be earning around 90,000 when wearing the white of Real, similar to the money he earns at United already.

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