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By ESPN Staff
Jan 3, 2007

Beckham offered improved deal - spokesman

David Beckham will not leave Real Madrid during the current transfer window and is about to reopen talks over a new deal at the Bernabeu, according to the former England captain's spokesman.

Speculation has been rife that the 31-year-old will quit the Spanish giants this month after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by this season.

But, rather than fishing for a move away from the club he joined in 2003, the player's spokesman, Simon Oliveira, has claimed discussions on a two-year extension to his current deal, which expires in June, will open next week.

'There is a significant deal on the table from Real,' he said. 'It's slightly more than he's on at the moment.

'They are the only club we are genuinely talking to at the moment and another meeting is scheduled for the second week of January.'

He continued: 'David intends to play a major role for Real Madrid for the remainder of the season.

'He wants to take time over this decision. It will be the last significant deal of his football career.

'He will know by March what he is going to do.'

Reports that off-the-field considerations could also play a major role in deciding Beckham's next move were also denied by Oliveira.

'The primary reason for any decision David makes will be a footballing one,' he added to BBC Sport.

'Decisions about his image rights and salary are obviously important, but they are not deal-breakers.'