Beckham: No plans to play for Maccabi Netanya

English football star denies reports that Israeli team made him an offer, confirms he wants to stay with Real Madrid.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, AP
October 30, 2006 17:36
Beckham: No plans to play for Maccabi Netanya

david beckham 298.88. (photo credit: AP)

 
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David Beckham denied on Monday reports that he had received an offer to join Maccabi Netanya and that he planned to join the Israeli team. "I don't know of any concrete offer from a team in Israel, and I don't intend to consider any offer except the one from Real Madrid," the English football star told reporters at an official press conference in Madrid. Beckham, who has been playing as a substitute under coach Fabio Capello, said Monday he has resumed contract negotiations with the team. His current contract finishes at the end of this season. "I am happy here. My family are happy here," Beckham said. "At the moment I play for Real Madrid. Let's hope it carries on." If Beckham has not signed a new contract by January, other teams can start bidding for him. "If it gets to January, nothing changes. I am not leaving," Beckham said. "I am not going anywhere in January. I want to stay because I believe we can win something this season." Beckham also said he would be patient as he tries to get back into the starting lineup.

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