Real Madrid admit error letting Beckham go

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11 June 2007, MADRID - Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello admits he was wrong to drop David Beckhamearlier this season.

11 June 2007

MADRID - Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello admits he was wrong to drop David Beckham
earlier this season.

Capello benched Beckham in January, questioning his motivation, after the
England star signed a five-year deal to join the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major
League Soccer.

But, since being reinstated by Capello, Beckham has played a major role in Madrid's charge toward a possible 30th Spanish league title.

"The truth is with him we were all wrong," Capello said in an interview Monday
with Spanish daily As.

Capello also echoed comments by club president Ramon Calderon that he would like
Beckham to stay at Madrid rather than join the Galaxy next month after the
Spanish season is over.

"He would be an important player for Madrid, definitely," Capello said. "If
the club told me Beckham was staying, I would be happy."

Calderon suggested Sunday that Beckham had an escape clause in his Galaxy
contract that would allow him to stay at the Spanish club. But Galaxy general
manager Alexi Lalas and Beckham's agent denied that and said Beckham was
definitely going to the MLS club.

"It's a shame," Capello said.

Madrid is unbeaten in the 11 games Beckham has played since being reinstated by
Capello. The club is in control of the race for the league title after the 2-2 draw at Zaragoza Saturday in which Beckham played despite nursing an ankle

With one game left, Madrid is tied with FC Barcelona with 73 points. Madrid
would win its record 30th league title on head-to-head results should they
remain tied in the standings.

It would be Beckham's first major trophy won with the club since joining in
2003, the last time Madrid won a major title.

"He's a great player. He's playing like he did at Manchester United," Capello

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Subject: Spanish news

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