Beckham resists transfer to FC Barcelona

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

David Beckham will determine where he plays, and he seems ready to veto a deal that would send the Manchester United star to Barcelona.

Beckham resists transfer to FC Barcelona
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London:

David Beckham will determine where he plays, and he seems ready to veto a deal that would send the Manchester United star to Barcelona. The two European powers on Tuesday agreed on a sale for the world's most famous football player. However, Beckham must first give approval, and there is little indication he will do so. The deal is contingent on Beckham agreeing to contract terms and Joan Laporta winning Sunday's election as president of the Barcelona club. "David is very disappointed and surprised to learn of this statement and feels that he has been used as a political pawn in the Barcelona presidential elections," said SFX, his management company. As is customary in transfers, no fee was disclosed by Manchester United. Newspaper reports have said any bid for Beckham would have to be at least $48 million. Beckham said he has no plans to meet Laporta. Sidelined with a broken wrist, Beckham and wife Victoria, a former member of pop group, The Spice Girls, are in Los Angeles. Beckham has helped Manchester United win six of its eight league titles in 11 years and the European Champions Cup in 1999. He has been with Manchester United for almost 13 years, including its youth teams. Beckham is paid a reported $143,000 a week at Manchester United. He is worth $79.5 million, according to a recent survey of Britain's richest people in The Sunday Times. He has a myriad of endorsements and is featured on billboards and magazine covers around the world. If the deal goes through, Beckham could face his old team on August 3 when Manchester United plays Barcelona in an exhibition game in Philadelphia. (AP)

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