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Beckham desperate to play for Real again

MADRID -- David Beckham has said he is desperate to play for Real Madrid again despite being ostracized by coach Fabio Capello after announcing that he would join MLS side LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

"It is very hard for me because I would like to help the team," the former England captain was quoted as telling sports daily Marca on Thursday.

"I'm desperate to play again ... I don't know if I will but I've got to keep on training. I want to leave this club on a high."

Capello said Beckham would never play for Real again two days after the midfielder announced that he had signed a five-year deal with LA Galaxy worth $250 million.

The 31-year-old has been left out of the squad for every game since then. His last appearance for Real was when he came on as a substitute for the injured Guti in the 12th minute of their 2-0 defeat at Deportivo Coruna on Jan. 7.

Club captain Raul and Guti have both come out in support of Beckham saying he should continue playing until the end of the season.

Spanish media have pointed to the fact that other players such as Barcelona's Javier Saviola and Valencia's Roberto Ayala, whose contracts also terminate at the end of the season, are still playing for their respective clubs.

Capello has hinted he may soften his attitude and is under pressure to change the team after back-to-back defeats in the league.