Beckham 'committed' to Real

David Beckham again pledged his long-term commitment to Real Madrid on Monday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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David Beckham again pledged his long-term commitment to Real Madrid on Monday. Speaking at a press conference ahead of his side's Copa del Rey final against Real Zaragoza, the England captain said he had no intention of leaving Real for Chelsea or any other club. He also revealed how he had been touched by the Spanish public's reaction to the devastating terrorist attacks in Madrid. "I think when things happen like that, in countries all around the world, it brings countries and people together, whatever nationalities they are. I'm English, and I'm living in Spain, but you feel the way the Spanish people are coming together," said the English captain. And Beckham was again at pains to stress his determination to remain at Real, despite continuing to be linked with a move back to the English Premiership. "I'm sure it won't be the end of it, because once speculation starts, unfortunately it continues. But it's obviously not just been Chelsea, it's been other clubs as well. As I said at the weekend, I'm happy at Real Madrid, I want to stay at Real Madrid, and as far as I'm concerned that's the end of that," said Beckham. The midfielder is aware of the problems his former club, Manchester United, are currently experiencing with form. But he says he knows from experience that they have what it takes to recover. "Manchester United, as a club, as a team, and as players, come back from a lot of things - especially the years when I was playing there - and they will carry on doing that," observed Beckham. Real Madrid's Copa del Rey final pits them against a Zaragoza side they could only draw 1-1 with last weekend. Beckham knows a tough match lies ahead, but is eager to get his hands on the trophy. "It would mean a lot. Obviously the first trophy at the start of the season (the Spanish Supercopa) was nice to get so early. But the first Spanish Cup final that I've played in is going to be special. So I'm hoping that we can win the game, and add another trophy for Real Madrid," said Beckham. There is increasing pressure on the midfielder to raise his level of performance to the high standard of his first few months with Madrid. His game has gone somewhat off the boil in 2004. So with Real looking for their first Copa del Rey triumph since 1993, Wednesday would be the perfect time for Beckham to rediscover his very best form. (AP)