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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 May, 2004, 16:21 GMT 17:21 UK
Beckham to stay in Spain
David and Victoria Beckham
Victoria shares my vision of our life here together
David Beckham
England captain David Beckham has insisted he wants to remain at Real Madrid and cooled speculation linking him with a move back to England.

The millionaire star also revealed his wife Victoria would be moving out with their two children to live in a new house in Spain.

"I have a long term commitment to Real and to my life in Spain," said Beckham, who moved to the Bernabeu last summer.

"I've been here for one season and it feels like the job's not done yet."

The Beckhams chose to release the statement just weeks after allegations surfaced of extra-marital affairs involving the midfielder.

"The support that I have received from the fans has been amazing and I would like to see them repaid with success," he said.

The couple has taken a new lease on a Spanish property, the statement added.

Brooklyn will be enrolled at a Spanish school and Victoria will be continuing her career from her new Spanish home.

After impressing in the first half of the season, Beckham's form has tailed off recently as Madrid failed in the Primera Liga and the Champions League.

There had been speculation that Beckham was planning to move back to the English Premiership, and in particular Chelsea, just a year after leaving Manchester United for 25m.

The rumours followed allegations by his former personal assistant Rebecca Loos that he had an affair with her in Madrid last year. Beckham labelled the claims as "ludicrous".

DAVID BECKHAM FACTFILE
1975: Born Leytonstone, May 2
1992: Makes debut for Man Utd
1996: Makes England debut
1998: Sent off in World Cup defeat to Argentina
2000: Made England captain for friendly with Italy
2001: Free-kick puts England into World Cup finals
2003: Rift develops with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and he signs four-year deal with Real
2004: Newspapers publish claims of Beckham's infidelity

His wife's decision to remain in England in Beckham's first season was seen as a source of disruption.

Beckham, 28, added: "Victoria shares my vision of our life here together."

His view was endorsed by his wife who said: "The time is now right for the children to move to Madrid and we are all looking forward to it enormously.

"It is a fantastic city with wonderful people and David and I are looking forward to strengthening our links with both. We are all very excited."


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