'Beckham transfer reports unfounded'

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez has said that speculation that Manchester United midfielder David Beckham will join the Spanish powerhouse was unfounde

Madrid:

Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez today said that speculation that Manchester United midfielder David Beckham will join the Spanish powerhouse was "unfounded". "A series of rumours have been set off but no one in Madrid has imagined that Beckham could be playing with us next season," said Perez. "It's not right that a debate about Beckham should have been started. It shows a lack of respect to a club like Manchester which is a friend of ours," he added. Comments by Madrid's sports director Jorge Valdano last week that Beckham "would fit into our project", set off speculation that Perez aimed to add the midfielder to the club's array of stars. Since his election as president in 2000, Madrid has signed three of the world's top players over successive summers - Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo. The club twice broke the world's transfer record to acquire Figo and Zidane. (AP)

Topics : Football
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