Real offer two-year contract extension to Beckham
Real Madrid offer a two-year contract extension which is worth slightly more than his existing deal to David Beckham.Updated: Jan 04, 2007 13:05 IST
Real Madrid have offered a two-year contract extension to David Beckham and will hold talks with the former England captain's representatives during the next two weeks.
"We have a definite offer on the table which is for two more years and is worth slightly more than his existing deal," Beckham's spokesman Simon Oliveira said on Thursday.
"We will be sitting down in the next couple of weeks to discuss things, but one thing that can be assured is that it is 100 percent certain that David will not be leaving Real during the January transfer window.
"He is determined to play a full part for Real for the remainder of the season."
Beckham's contract with Real expires at the end of June and as of January 1 the 31-year-old has been free to talk to other clubs.
Several teams in England, Italy and the United States are reported to be interested in recruiting the midfielder.
Spanish and British media have said a possible new deal with Real Madrid was being held up because of a dispute over image rights with the club wanting to retain its present 50 per cent share.
Oliviera denied that image rights were a stumbling block.
"Any decision that is going to be made will be a footballing decision," he said. "His worth needs to be recognised but that is not a make or break part of the process.
"No decision has been made at the moment but we hope that we will know what is happening by March."
Beckham was a fixture in the Real Madrid starting lineup in his first three seasons at the club, but he has lost his place since Fabio Capello took charge as coach at the start of the present campaign.
He has started just five of Real's 16 league games and appeared as a substitute in another seven.
First Published: Jan 04, 2007 13:05 IST