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Real escape with hope of progress

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By ESPN Staff

Capello: Beckham's Real Madrid career is over

David Beckham will never play for Real Madrid again, according to the club's Italian coach Fabio Capello.

The former England captain, 31, has agreed a move to LA Galaxy in the USA when his contract in Spain expires at the end of June.

But Capello has apparently ruled out any chance of Beckham playing a role for his side in the remaining months of his contract.

'Beckham will train with the team but he won't play,' Capello told a press conference.

His omission from Real's plans is sure to draw interest from clubs looking for a short-term loan deal, or Galaxy could even look to take him to California in time for the start of the MLS season in April.

Asked whether Beckham might leave the Bernabeu before the end of his contract, Capello insisted: 'You will have to ask Beckham that question.'

The former Manchester United midfielder this week signed a five-year deal worth a reported £128million with the American side, after finding his first-team opportunities in Spain limited following the arrival of the former AC Milan, Roma and Juventus coach last summer.

Capello added: 'The decision of the player is to go to Los Angeles, he has always been a great professional, but a player who has such an important contract with another club, we cannot count on him. He is not going to play any more.'