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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 16, 2006

Real coach: Beckham is fully committed

MADRID, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Juan Ramon Lopez Caro has praised David Beckham's commitment to Real Madrid after England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson suggested in a tabloid sting the midfielder was keen to quit the Primera Liga side.

'As a professional Beckham gets 12 out of 10,' Real coach Lopez Caro told a news conference following his side's 4-2 win over Sevilla at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

'As a footballer we all know what he is capable of and I see things completely differently from Eriksson. He's very well integrated and very happy. You only have to look at the way he's playing at the moment.'

Sunday newspaper The News of the World quoted Eriksson as telling a journalist posing as a wealthy Arab businessman that he was prepared to dump England after this year's World Cup and take over at Premier League club Aston Villa.

Eriksson was then reported as saying he would try and persuade Beckham to join the club because he knew the England captain was frustrated at Real Madrid.

'I know for sure he wants to come back to England,' Eriksson said. 'If it's a London club he will come tomorrow. And it's up to me to convince him that Birmingham is the right place to be.'

Beckham has not won a major trophy since moving to Real from Manchester United on a four-year contract in 2003.

Spanish media have reported that Real are planning to offer the midfielder a contract extension until 2009 in the near future.

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