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By ESPN Staff
Jan 16, 2007

Yallop wants Beckham to be playing football

LA Galaxy coach Frank Yallop admits the prospect of David Beckham sitting out the remainder of Real Madrid's season is far from ideal.

Yallop is braced for the former England captain joining his club having not played a competitive match for more than six months but believes Beckham will not take long to find his feet.

It is understood there is no possibility of the midfielder offering to buy out the remainder of his Real contract, which expires this summer, as his exit from the club descends into acrimony.

Yallop said on Sky Sports News: 'I would hope he would be playing first-team football at Real and we'd get him after a bit of a break with his family and get him raring to go.

'It's not ideal not playing a competitive game for five, six months but many players have gone through injuries for eight months and they come back as strong as ever.

'I think someone of David's character will soon slot straight in.'

Since announcing his decision to move to Major League Soccer, Beckham has been told by Real coach Fabio Capello that he will never play for the club again.

President Ramon Calderon has also launched more than one blistering attack on the 31-year-old, who will earn a reported £128million in a five-year contract with Galaxy.

Yallop is hoping the Spanish giants can reach a resolution with Beckham to allow him to be in America for the start of the MLS season in April but believes this is unlikely.

'We've got him for five years so I'm not going to rush into things and panic,' he said. 'It'd be great to have him a little earlier but I'm not sure it's going to work out.

'Any coach will tell you that once you build a team, you want them together as much as you can working on certain things that you need to do to win games.

'We knew coming into this we might only get David mid-June or July. If it changes, that'll be great but at this point we've got to just see how it pans out and how the contract sits.'

Yallop admits all the interest in Beckham has been hard to handle but he would not have it any other way.

'To say (it has been) crazy would be an understatement,' he said. 'It's given a wonderful lift to the game over here, obviously, in a brand new league starting to really try and establish itself a little bit.

'Having someone of David stature on and off the field is a great signing for us. I still can't believe we've got him. I think the fans and the people and going to turn to him and turn to the sport.'

Yallop insists he is unfazed by following in some big managerial footsteps by taking on Beckham, adding: 'He's had some very good managers so, if I can do a small percentage of anything they did, I'd be very happy.'