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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 July, 2003, 03:29 GMT 04:29 UK
Beckham ties up Real move
England captain David Beckham
Beckham passed his Real Madrid medical
England captain David Beckham has signed a four-year deal with Real Madrid after successfully passing his medical.

Beckham was greeted by Real president Florentino Perez and will officially be unveiled as the Spanish champions' latest signing at 1100 BST on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old midfielder finally put pen to paper at the Bernabeu Stadium to complete his 25m switch from Manchester United on Tuesday.

"I am very happy," said Beckham. "I can't wait to get started."

The positive result of his 90-minute medical test was confirmed shortly before 1500 BST on Tuesday.

"He has passed," said Alfonso del Corral, the doctor who conducted the medical. "There is nothing to stop him playing for Real Madrid."

An entire floor of the Clinica Zarzuela was sealed off before Beckham's arrival.

The 28-year-old arrived wearing a white jacket and ripped faded blue jeans after flying into the military airport Torrejon De Ardoz in a private jet direct from London.

The furore surrounding Beckham's series of tests gave the England captain a taste of the frenzy surrounding his transfer, with a Spanish health company paying 250,000 to sponsor his medical, screened live on Real Madrid TV.

The midfielder, who has just returned from a 10-day promotional tour of the Far East, was due to spend the evening at the luxury Fenix Hotel before his official unveiling.

He will return to London on Wednesday evening before starting a three-week break.

Beckham will join his new team-mates for pre-season training in the middle of July.

Real play four friendlies in the Far East before taking part in his first competitive action in Spain's Super Cup.

They meet Real Mallorca in the equivalent of England's Community Shield and are expected to play the first leg on 16 August - the same weekend as the English Premiership kicks off.

Mallorca's Son Moix stadium only has a capacity of 23,000 and tickets are expected to become hot property especially as the island is a favourite of British holiday-makers.

Beckham's schedule will see him back on home soil for England's friendly with Croatia on 20 August at Portman Road.

The midfielder will then set about helping Real bid to defend their La Liga crown the following weekend.




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