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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 June, 2003, 10:48 GMT 11:48 UK
Uncertain future for Guti
Guti's time at Real Madrid could be at an end
Guti's time at Real Madrid could be at an end
Real Madrid's Guti has admitted that David Beckham's signing may force him to leave the club.

The 26-year-old, who has already struggled find a place in Madrid's star-studded line up, said Beckham's 35m signing would limit his chances further.

"I've suffered a lot of knocks. I'm a professional and I want to play soccer. If I can't do it here, it will have to be somewhere else," Guti told Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Thursday.

"All the doors are closing on me. I was improving as a midfielder and Zidane arrived. I was improving as a forward and Ronaldo arrived. I'm now in the national team as a midfielder and Beckham comes," he said.

Guti was at Madrid's training ground on Wednesday - the day after the announcement of Beckham's signing - but failed to appear on the field, leading to suggestions that he was too upset to train.

I don't want to spend more time on the bench
Real Madrid star Guti

Madrid's sports director Jorge Valdano later said the player had a calf injury, but acknowledged Guti had not been pleased by Beckham's signing.

"We want Guti to continue. This week we'll talk to him so he feels the warmth of the club," Valdano said.

Guti said that he understood Valdano, but that the sports director had "to understand him".

"I don't want to spend more time on the bench. I believe in myself. For those who think this is an act of cowardice, then I say that it would be an act of cowardice to stay protected by Real Madrid."

Guti, who progressed through the ranks of Madrid's youth teams before breaking into the first team as a teenager, said he was attracted by the thought of going abroad.

"Rome, especially, and Milan are interesting places but I belong to the biggest club in the world, the one with the most titles.

"Wherever I go, if I do go, won't have a history to compare with Madrid's. But I want to play soccer, feel useful, and realize that the team needs me," he said.

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