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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 7, 2006

No Newcastle meeting, says Beckham's advisor

David Beckham`s representative in Spain has claimed the former England captain has not met Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd over a possible move back to the Premiership.

It was reported this morning that the 31-year-old Real Madrid midfielder and his wife Victoria had held a meeting with the Magpies chief at Claridges Hotel in London.

However, Beckham`s spokesman in Spain, Simon Oliveira, told PA Sport: 'David and Victoria didn't meet with Freddy Shepherd and they haven't discussed a move to Newcastle.

'David dropped Victoria at Claridges to have a meeting with her publishers regarding her new book. It just so happened that Shepherd was also there.

'But there's no truth of a meeting taking place.'

Newcastle have distanced themselves from the report in a national newspaper.

A statement on their website, nufc.co.uk, the club read: 'Newcastle never comment on transfer speculation.

'The club has always enjoyed a close relationship with Real Madrid and would never do anything to spoil that relationship.'

Beckham, who resigned the England captaincy following the team`s failure to progress beyond the World Cup quarter-finals, has one year left on his contract with Real and is looking for an extension.

'We are in negotiations to renew his contract,' said Oliveira.

'All parties have shown a desire to tie up a new deal and it will come sooner rather than later.'

Beckham has welcomed the appointment of coach Fabio Capello, who joined the club from Juventus yesterday.

'David is looking forward to a new season with Madrid and meeting and working under coach Fabio Capello,' said Oliveira.

Capello has said he wants Beckham to remain at the club.

'Beckham is an important player and I will talk to him,' said Capello.

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