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Beckham Still Staying, Looks to Giggs for Inspiration
The Independent, October 31st, 2006 4:13PM

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It's unavoidable in the press these days: what's going to happen to David Beckham? Will he or won't he leave Real Madrid during the January transfer window? If he doesn't, will he definitely be leaving this summer? Fact is, the former England captain can't be too happy about his season so far: banished from the national team by Steve McClaren, and having started on the bench for the majority of Real Madrid's games so far this season, Beckham has now said he needs more time to think about the contract Real has offered him. He ruled out a January transfer, saying that he's taken inspiration from the staying power being shown by his former teammate Ryan Giggs at Manchester United. Actually Beckham, could draw inspiration from several of his former teammates: Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Giggs are all in fantastic form for United so far this season, each of them having staged first-team comebacks after injury-hit seasons last year. Things got a bit nasty yesterday when Spanish reporters suggested that Beckham had feigned an injury to avoid playing against Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday. "For my professionalism to be questioned makes me laugh. I have always been professional when I train and if I can play I always play. When I can't play, I am honest to the manager. I had a problem after the last game and I told the manager. I am not a dishonest player. I never have been and I never will be." He also denied that his lack of first-team action is what's delaying his decision to sign a contract extension with Los Merengues. Perhaps, but you can be sure his spot on the bench has affected the salary being offered him. Read the original story...


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