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02-05-04, 11:40
Real Madrid want to keep David Beckham next season despite continued speculation linking him with Chelsea and Arsenal, according to the Observer. Real sporting director Jorge Valdano said "nothing has changed" since club president Florentino Perez backed Beckham in a meeting two weeks ago. Valdano said: "Real Madrid prefer to distance themselves from all this talk. "Beckham has a five-year contract and there is a buy-out clause [180m euros] that anybody interested must pay."

The buy-out figure, which equates to 126m, is thought to be too much even for Chelsea to pay. And the view that Beckham will stay in Madrid is backed up by comments from the midfielder's personal assistant Terry Byrne. He told The People newspaper: "Unless Real want to sell him, he's staying. The truth is, we don't know where the stories about him leaving are coming from, but it's not us. Real told me they don't want to sell him. The situation remains the same because we always said we would review the situation after two years and he hasn't even finished his first season."


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Now this is a great shame. Beckham had been telling those in his inner circle that he would be playing in the British Premiereship next season. Chelsea were the only teams with the sort of cash available to purchase the England captain. This is a great shame that we lose one of our greatest footballers to another country.