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Capello: Real Madrid management demanded Beckham axe

Former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello insists it was management's decision to drop David Beckham earlier last season after he had signed with LA Galaxy.

"The decision was taken because the club's management said that he had negotiated with them when he had already signed a contract with Los Angeles," he stated.

"They said that they couldn't count on a player who wasn't going to remain at the club. When I work I always wear the team colours and defend my employers in every way I can."

Capello also said: "They appointed me to do a serious, tough and difficult job and we had a very difficult dressing room to deal with.

"There were many conflicting groups and each one had its leader who blamed the others when things weren't going well. But we pulled the team together, recovered the team spirit and they played with belief and enthusiasm.

"What hurts is that I have never heard anything from Calderon. He has never called me. I think I deserved some respect from someone I helped win the elections and succeed as President."

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