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Football: Becks: It is a Real messy ending.

Byline: By Ed Casey

DAVID BECKHAM'S future with Real Madrid is still clouded in uncertainty with the midfielder frozen out of the first-team picture.

The Spanish outfit have made it clear they will not pick the former England captain again after his decision to join Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer.

But Real have yet to speak to the 31-year-old or any of his representatives and the player's camp deny he will seek an early release from a contract that runs out in June.

A spokesman for Beckham said: "The club have still to express their intentions.

"Reports that David's lawyers are speaking to Real Madrid are inaccurate.

"David remains a Real Madrid player and will report for training and be available for selection as usual."

There is a possibility that LA Galaxy and Major League Soccer will attempt to take Beckham to the USA for the start of their season in April.

However, the former Manchester United midfield player will not offer to buy his way out of the last six months of his contract in Spain.

There seems no chance of Real coach Fabio Capello changing his mind after chairman Ramon Calderon and sporting director Predrag Mijatovic backed his decision to freeze out the Englishman.

Calderon accused the player's advisers of leading the club on in their negotiations.

He said: "They have toyed with us for two months. His representatives did not inform us at any time that he had agreed a contract with another club.

"I don't feel that was right and I don't like it.

"I understand Capello's decision but it's sad as Beckham deserved a better ending here than this."

Mijatovic made it clear the decision was the Italian's but he agrees with it. He said: "The coach took a decision and I respect it.

"It is logical for a player who has signed for another team to have limited chances of playing, especially when we have many younger players who are desperate to prove themselves."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 16, 2007
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