Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham have said that his boyhood club Manchester United sold him to Barcelona without informing him. He also said he wanted to retire at England’s most popular club. Beckham won six Premier League titles and Champions League trophy with British club and later joined Real Madrid for €35 million.
David Beckham: United Sold Me To Barcelona Without Informing Me
The Former England Football Team Captain says Manchester United had already agreed terms with Spanish club Barcelona, but he would only leave for Real Madrid. His relations with manager Sir Alex Ferguson had soured at the time but he insists that he never wanted to leave Old Trafford. He said
“There was never any revenge. I was hurt and angry at the time at how the situation had gone because throughout the season I was left out of certain games but never thought it would lead to me leaving. But I had heard rumours I might be sold. I was holiday in the States with Victoria and one of my friends called and told me it was on Sky Sports that United had agreed terms with Barcelona. I said ‘that wasn’t right, I don’t know anything about it”
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“I then flew back to London. I tried to speak to Peter Kenyon and tried to speak to the manager and he said ‘no’. I said ‘well I need to speak to him and understand what is going on’. He said ‘it’s true, we have agreed a deal.”
“That is when I spoke to my agent and said ‘if I am going to move, I’m going to move to Madrid’. Within a day, I was sat with the president of Madrid and we agreed that is where I was going to go.”
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“I didn’t watch Manchester United for three years [after leaving]. I was shocked and devastated because we had just won the league that season. [Without a doubt I wanted to retire at Old Trafford] Because Manchester United were my team. I had no aspirations to leave United.”
During his Real Madrid career, Beckham won one La Liga and one Supercopa de Espana. Later the former Real Madrid footballer joined US club LA Galaxy where he won MLS Cup twice, MLS Supporters Shield two times.