Beckham happy to end his career at Real Madrid

May 21, 2006

England captain David Beckham wants to end his career at Real Madrid after revealing the Spanish giants and former club Manchester United as the only two clubs he has ambitions to play for.

The 31-year-old admits being sold to Real in 2003 left him in tears and, despite being linked with a return to the Premiership, would not want to play for another English club apart from United.

'There are other great clubs in England of course, there's Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool,' said Beckham. 'It's here (Madrid) or Manchester United, that's the way I feel about the situation to be honest.

'The only club I would've ever have gone to apart from Manchester United was here.'

When asked he wants to end his career at the Bernabeu, where he has failed to win a trophy in his three-year stay so far, Beckham said: 'I think so because at the end of my career I want to be known as a player that's played at a top level, for the best teams, and they don't come much better and bigger than Manchester United and Real Madrid.'

Beckham was part of the United side that dominated domestic football in the 1990s and he also won the treble in 1999, but by 2003 his relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to put his future at the club in doubt.

'That's what hurt at the time because, as I said, everyone knows that I'm a Manchester United fan, Manchester United mad,' he said.

'I think at the time, when I'd signed for Real Madrid, and when I got home, I think I actually cried because it was Manchester United, it was a team that I'd been at for my whole life.'

He added: 'People were saying that I was having talks, I was already talking to Real Madrid.

'I never talked to Real Madrid until I actually got the phone call to say `the club want to sell you'.

'And that's the first time I spoke to Madrid about that. I never ever expected to leave United.'

Former team-mate and close friend Gary Neville added: 'I genuinely believe that David is still probably upset about the fact that he's left United because he loves the club, he grew up loving the club.

'You can't grow up from the age of four or five having something as being part of your life and then expect that it's not going to hurt you.'

Despite failing to pick up a trophy, Beckham has impressed in Spain with his performances on the right flank or in central midfield. Although he admits he misses England, he now feels settled in Madrid.

He added: 'We've finally found a house that we like here, we've found an area we like, it's in the same area as where the kids' school is. Everything's settled down.

'I want to learn the language, I want to settle down here, my children are happy here, my family's happy here, I'm happy playing football here.'