Posh moves to Spain

Last updated at 18:17 20 May 2004

England soccer captain David Beckham today cast aside rumours over his future and pledged to stay in Spain with Real Madrid.

The millionaire star also revealed that his wife Victoria would be moving out with their two children to live with him in a new home.

The news comes just weeks after allegations surfaced of extra-marital affairs involving the midfielder.

Beckham has been linked with a return to England after experiencing difficulties on and off the pitch in Spain.

But the former Manchester United midfielder said in a statement: "I have a long term commitment to Real and to my life in Spain. I've been here for one season and it feels like the job's not done yet."

Fading form

After impressing in the first half of the season, Beckham's form has tailed off recently as Madrid failed in the Primera Liga and the Champions League and his private life has been front page news.

However, he remains determined to stay at the Bernabeu and has taken a new lease on a house in Spain where he will be joined by wife Victoria and his sons Brooklyn, who will be enrolled in a Spanish school, and Romeo.

Beckham added: "The support that I have received from the fans has been amazing and I would like to see them repaid with success. Victoria shares my vision of our life here together."

His wife's decision to remain in England in Beckham's first season was seen as a source of disruption.

She said: "The time is now right for the children to move to Madrid and we are all looking forward to it enormously.

"It is a fantastic city with wonderful people and David and I are looking forward to strengthening our links with both. We are all very excited."

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