'Real' trouble: Makelele refuses to train

Real Madrid's Claude Makelele refused to train with the rest of the squad after a row over his contract.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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David Beckham's first training session on Spanish soil since signing for Real Madrid was overshadowed by teammate Claude Makelele's refusal to train with the rest of the squad. While Beckham completed a light work out in the sweltering heat at the team's city-centre training ground, Makelele was in open rebellion over his contract. The French international's agent Marc Roger said that the player felt undervalued in the wake of the arrival of a string of highly-paid recruits. Roger then met with Real sporting director Jorge Valdano to try and persuade the club to give his client a pay rise or to sell him on to premier league side Chelsea. However, Valdano said that the player's subsequent refusal to train would now result in disciplinary action by the club. Spending close to 200 million euros in the last three years, Real have brought Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham to join existing players such as Roberto Carlos and Raul at the Bernabeu.