Beckham happy at Real and not seeking return to Premiership

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David Beckham insisted yesterday that the only way he will leave Real Madrid is if the club force him out.

David Beckham insisted yesterday that the only way he will leave Real Madrid is if the club force him out.

Beckham's future in Spain has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks, especially after the England captain admitted, "You can never tell what is going to happen in football" when asked at a recent press conference if he was to stay in Madrid.

Many observers took that as a hint that Beckham may be eyeing a summer move back to England, but the midfielder was quick to put the record straight when quizzed on his plans.

He said: "I am happy here. When I said, 'You never know what is going to happen', I was referring to what happened to me when I was at Manchester United. I went away on holiday and when I came back they had sold me. In reality it doesn't depend on me, but I want to stay at Real Madrid. I want to play with the great players we have and in our fantastic stadium.

"There are not many players who say they play in front of 80,000 fans. I have got two more years on my contract. People say that we could strengthen the team over the summer and I look forward to playing with the new arrivals."

His determination to remain at the Bernabeu, however, is not just due to footballing reasons.

He added: "The people [in Spain] are magnificent and so is the weather. I love living here but you never know what is going to happen. I want to make it clear that my wife is happy here, she has no intention of going back to England. Brooklyn is very happy at school and Romeo will start soon."

Beckham's family is his main priority and the 29-year-old revealed he has taken on many of the domestic chores in the house.

"I am the family cook, the only thing my wife knows how to do is Spanish omelette," he said.

The only downside to living in Spain is the fact that Beckham and his wife are still subjects for the Spanish paparazzi. But he insists he does not mind the intrusion as long as his children are not affected. "Victoria and I never complain about it, only when it affects our kids, that is when we show our disappointment with some of them," he said.

"They have attacked their privacy in school and when they were playing football. I can accept them following me, although the other day I was at a shop in Manchester and there were four who even followed me to the changing-room."

A group of Real fans, meanwhile, has been reported to the Spanish Football Federation for racist chanting during their side's league match at Levante during the weekend. The referee David Fernandez Borbalan noted the behaviour of visiting fans in his report on the match which Real won 2-0.

"During the second half a group of Real Madrid fans ... shouted monkey noises whenever Levante's two coloured players wearing the numbers seven and 16 touched the ball," said Fernandez Borbalan.

The Colombian forward Edwin Congo and the Ivory Coast midfielder Felix Ettien were the two players targeted by the supporters who appeared to belong to the club's radical Ultra Sur group of fans. "I don't understand it, it's very upsetting when this sort of thing happens," said the former Real player Congo.

Racist behaviour by fans has been on the rise in Spanish football this season, with insults directed at visiting black players a common occurrence at many grounds.

Espanyol's Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni had a banana thrown at him by an Atletico Madrid fan during his side's league match at the Calderon on Saturday.