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Real Signings Put Pressure on Becks

  • BBC Sport, Friday, December 22, 2006 3:40 PM
We are a little more than a week away from the transfer market reopening, and Real Madrid, which lost, 3-0, to Recreativo Huelva on Wednesday, has already made two signings that cast David Beckham's future at the club in doubt. Thirty-one year-old Becks has struggled to hold down a place in Real Madrid's first team. Aside from his quality free kicks, Beckham's performance against Recreativo during Wednesday's loss at home was poor-but then so was just about everyone else, especially reigning World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro. The New Year sees the arrival of a pair of Argentines. Fernando Gago, formerly of Boca Juniors, is a battling central midfielder in the vein of fondly recalled defensive midfielder Fernando Redondo, who played with the club from 1994-2000. River Plate striker Gonazalo Higuain is Real's other addition. With Gago in, Becks may find himself out, as reports claim that Coach Fabio Capello plans to use the newcomer either in the center or the right side of midfield, both positions that Beckham plays. To make matters worse, the former England captain has suffered the ignominy of being asked to play in a meaningless friendly against Atletico Madrid in honor of deceased Atletico boss Jesus Gil. In any event, the arrival of Gago and Higuain has certainly put pressure on both Beckham and Ronaldo, the last of Real's aging "Galacticos." Becks may decide not to sign that contract extension after all.

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