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Football: pounds 25m for Becks is just Mad.

Byline: LEE WEST

FORMER Spain coach Javier Clemente has branded David Beckham a waste of money as the England skipper prepares to make his Real Madrid debut today.

Beckham will play against a Chinese Dragons XI, but Clemente reckons Real were crazy to pay pounds 25million for the former Manchester United idol - especially with former World Player of the Year Luis Figo already available for the wide right berth.

But the veteran coach, now boss of Espanyol, believes a more corrosive problem could be disharmony in the Madrid squad, with a risk of jealousy among the established stars.

He said: "I think the decision to buy Beckham is a mistake as he is very expensive and Real Madrid don't need him as they already have Figo. "Beckham is a very good player, but he has a lot of other things going on in his life and these could cause problems."

Madrid are in China in a bid to expand their popularity in the lucrative Far East market, where Beckham is already big business.

However, with Spanish clubs increasingly dependent on foreign signings like Beckham to bolster their squads, Clemente reckons the trend has made money the most important factor in La Liga.

"The league is very strong, but you need to look at how many foreign players there are," he said.

"Look at Real Madrid- they already have Zidane, Figo, Ronaldo, Makelele and Roberto Carlos. There's a lot of money in Spanish football, which is very important to its success."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2003
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