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Left out, ?Goldenballs? seeks to get out

David Beckham is seeking an early release from his contract with Real Madrid to join Los Angeles Galaxy before the end of the Primera Liga season.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 23:15 IST

David Beckham is seeking an early release from his contract with Real Madrid to joinLos Angeles Galaxy before the end of the Primera Liga season, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said.

“I understand that David’s lawyers are working to secure a possible amicable exit from Real because we would not be able to pay the buy-out clause,” Garber told Spanish sports daily Marca on Monday.

“We want to have him as soon as possible so the league and the Galaxy are doing everything they can to make this happen. Besides, David is keen to come sooner.”

Beckham decided not to renew his contract with Real and has agreed to move to Galaxy in June. The five-year deal with the MLS side is worth $250 million, the biggest in world sport.

I took three to tango: Capello

Madrid: Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello said it was a joint decision to discard David Beckham for the rest of the season after he decided to join Los Angeles Galaxy.

“It was the technical team, which includes me, my assistant Franco Baldini and sporting director Predrag Mijatovic, that took the decision,” Capello said.

“If a player has a contract (with another club) it isn’t right that you continue to treat him as just another player."

Beckham watched from the stands on Sunday as Real beat Real Zaragoza 1-0.

At a tense news conference Capello was asked what was the difference between Beckham deciding to leave while still under contract and the Capello’s decision to join former club AC Milan a decade ago while still Real coach.

“The difference is the American league starts in April and mine didn’t. I told the club president first and that’s a little different. Also, I hadn’t actually signed the contract,” he said.

Capello says sorry

Meanwhile, Capello apologised for a rude gesture he twice made to some fans as he left the field. “I want to apologise for what I did,” the Italian coach said after giving fans a one-finger gesture on Sunday. “As the Madrid coach I should not do that. “However, since the first day I arrived there have been two people who have continually offended me and today it went too far,” Capello said.

First Published: Jan 15, 2007 23:15 IST