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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 October 2006, 14:10 GMT
Strachan laughs off Beckham link
David Beckham
Beckham has been a peripheral figure at Real this season
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has laughed off suggestions he has a chance of signing David Beckham, who is also being linked with Tottenham Hotspur.

The 31-year-old has not been a regular in Real Madrid's first team this season and is out of contract next summer.

Spurs boss Martin Jol told the Mail on Sunday of the Beckham link: "I'll sit down and have a think about it."

But Strachan told BBC Sport: "It was an off-the-cuff remark to someone. I don't think that is ever going to happen."

Strachan had been quoted by the Sunday Telegraph as saying that he had Beckham's telephone number and that he recognised him as a "wonderful player who is still very fit".

Celtic have already signed Beckham's fellow midfielder, Thomas Gravesen, from Real during the summer.
Victoria's had enough of the sun and there's nothing wrong with some decent rain for 10 months a year

Gordon Strachan

But Strachan's chief executive has him on a tight budget and Strachan joked: "I think this will have given Peter Lawwell a heart attack.

"It would be wonderful if it happened, us signing Beckham, and you never say never.

"But you have a chat in the tunnel with someone tongue-in-cheek and you never think that it is going to end up being reported seriously."

Strachan joked that he knew that Beckham's wife, Victoria, was "a big fan of Tunnock's wafers".

"She's had enough of the sun and there's nothing wrong with some decent rain for 10 months a year," he said.

Beckham joined Real in a 25m move from Manchester United in 2003.

The former England captain has yet to sign a new contract at Real and admits he is frustrated at his lack of action this season after the arrival of new manager Fabio Capello.

He has largely been used as a substitute and missed the match with newly-promoted Gimnastic Tarragona on Saturday because of injury.

There has been increasing speculation linking Beckham to Major League Soccer in the United States.

He will be able to negotiate with other clubs in January and, if he does not sign a new deal with Real, he will be able to leave at the end of his contract next summer.

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