Real Madrid: No early exit for Beckham

January 22, 2007

MADRID, Spain -- David Beckham will not leave Real Madrid before the end of the season.

"One thing is clear, he still has six months left in his contract," team sporting director Predrag Mijatovic said Monday. "He has to complete his contract."

The 31-year-old midfielder hasn't played for Madrid since agreeing Jan. 11 to a five-year deal with Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy.

"Like many other players who have done important things in this club, he wants to play," Mijatovic said. "But we have promising young players. I think that right now they have an advantage over him, because the future of Real Madrid is more important than the players that have been here for many years."


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