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Last Updated: Monday, 30 October 2006, 13:59 GMT
Beckham rejects Madrid exit talk
David Beckham
Beckham has found himself on the fringes at Real this season
David Beckham has emphatically denied that he will ask to leave Real Madrid at any point this season.

The 31-year-old ex-England captain has not been starting games at Real under new coach Fabio Capello and reports have suggested he might quit the club.

But Beckham said: "I am not considering any move at the minute."

This season is the last on Beckham's contract and it has been claimed he may leave in the new year but he added: "I'm not going anywhere in January."

Beckham could negotiate with other clubs from January onwards, with a view to joining them as a free agent next summer.

Clubs wanting to sign him in the January transfer window would have to pay a fee, although reports have claimed Real would sell him for 5m.

If it gets to January, nothing changes. I am not leaving. I am not going anywhere

David Beckham

However, Beckham claims he could yet extend his contract at the Bernabeu.

"I have always said I am happy here and I'm not looking to move my family from here," he added.

"Since the president Ramon Calderon has come in, he has made his feelings clear to me and he says he wants me to stay.

"There hasn't been a proposal yet, there have been talks with my representatives. The contract talks have been going on since last season but there have been a lot of changes at the club - and they only started up again three weeks ago.

"This season we have had one meeting and we will take it from there. That is where we are at the moment."

But Beckham appeared to rule out holding talks with interested parties in January, by saying: "If it gets to January, nothing changes. I am not leaving. I am not going anywhere."

The ex-England skipper has been on the bench for Real's last three games and played for barely 13 minutes of the 2-0 league win over arch-rivals Barcelona on 22 October.


Tottenham and Celtic are the latest clubs to be linked with Beckham.

Celtic boss Gordon Strachan laughed off the speculation but Spurs coach Martin Jol said he would "think about it".

There has also been talk of a move to Major League Soccer in the United States, fuelled by Beckham's well-documented love of that country and the fact that he owns a football academy in Los Angeles.

Beckham moved to Real in a 25m move from Manchester United in 2003 but has not won a major trophy in his time there.

He was axed from the England squad by new boss Steve McClaren this summer after a disappointing World Cup.

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