Ferguson denies planning to sell Beckham to either Real or Inter


LONDON: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has dismissed out of hand recent reports that David Beckham’s days at Old Trafford could be numbered. 

“Why would I want to sell my best players,” Ferguson told the Daily Mail yesterday. 

Last month, the England captain was linked to a possible move to Real Madrid, with the Spanish giants’ president Jorge Valdano saying he was the European champions’ “next big project”. 

Aside from interest from Real, speculation this week in Italy suggested Inter Milan were contemplating a £32 million swap deal involving Beckham and Inter’s own Argentinian striker Hernan Crispo. 

Fuel was added to the fire with Ferguson’s much-publicised dressing room run-in with Beckham when he kicked a boot at him after United’s exit from the FA Cup. 

Talking about the dressing room bust-up, which left Beckham with a nasty cut above his eye, Ferguson said: “They happen all the time. I never hold any grudges. 

“The next day we make our peace and the whole thing is forgotten. 

“If I had a pound for every time I had fallen out after a match ...” 

The United boss did, however, say that despite Beckham’s stature as one of the greatest players in the game he was still subjected to the same treatment as his Old Trafford teammates. 

“All the players, David Beckham included, are always under examination. 

“There are times when I’ve had to leave Beckham out of the team, times I’ve rested him, times when he has been dropped when he has been having a bad spell. He has always come back with determination.” – AFP 

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