David Beckham won't play again for Real
Madrid after announcing his departure at the end of the season for the
Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS.
"He is not going to play any more. He will practice, but he is not going
to play," coach Fabio Capello said Saturday at a news conference.
Beckham announced this week he will not extend his contract with Real
Madrid when it expires in June and is instead leaving for the Galaxy and
a five-year deal.
"The player's decision is to go to Los Angeles. He has always been a
great professional, but a player who has such a major contract with
another team ... we cannot count on him," Capello said. "I think one
cannot have the same drive if one is already with another team."
Beckham's spokesman, Simon Oliveira, said the 31-year-old midfielder
would "continue to give his full commitment and professionalism to the
"David is surprised at the quotes from Fabio Capello, as nobody from the
club has informed him of their intentions," Oliveira said. "As far as
David is aware, he has a contract for the remainder of the season and he
remains dedicated to the club and its supporters."
Beckham, who joined Madrid from Manchester United in 2003, has said he
plans to leave Real Madrid after his contract expires June 30 and to
join the Galaxy in August.
The Galaxy did not immediately respond to phone messages early Saturday
morning in Los Angeles.