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Beck To His Roots?

by | 12th, March 2004

‘THE award for the biggest punt in this morning’s papers goes to the Sun, which claims that David Beckham is on his way back to England…and to Stamford Bridge.

England expects

The paper says that Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has made Beckham his No.1 target and is preparing a huge offer for the star.

That may be true, but why would Beckham – who gives every indication of being happy in Madrid – want to return to England?

The Sun suggests that Victoria’s inability to settle in Spain and her fears for her husband’s safety are the reason why the Beckhams have decided not to renew the lease on their £4.5m Madrid house and axed plans to enrol Brooklyn into Madrid’s top English-speaking school.

And Real, it says, “may be sympathetic to letting the Gallatico move if they felt the strain of missing his family was too much”.

The Mail suggests that Beckham may also be on his way back to England, saying Real officials “are preparing to receive a transfer request from their star midfielder”.

And it says Real would allow him to leave for slightly more than the £17.2m the club paid Manchester United up front.

Homesick or not, why Beckham would want to trade Real Madrid for Chelsea is beyond us, and we fully expect to see him turning out for the Madrilenos next season.

Meanwhile, another Spanish club, Real Mallorca, were on the end of an English drubbing last night, falling 4-1 to Newcastle in the first leg of their Uefa Cup fourth round tie.

“Rampage,” says the Mail of the 17-minute second-half burst in which the Geordies came back from a goal down to take charge of the tie.

The same cannot be said of Liverpool, who were held 1-1 by Marseille.

The French celebrated the result with a singsong in their dressing room after the game, which clearly rankled Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier.

“They have done my team-talk for me,” he said.

There was no doubt that England fast bowler Simon Jones was fired up on his return to the Test side after a 16-month absence through injury.

And he celebrated by taking the wicket of West Indies skipper Brian Lara with his 13th ball as England had a decent first day of the Caribbean series, reducing the hosts to 311-9 by stumps.

The Sun blames a loss of discipline among the England bowlers in the middle of the innings for the West Indies revival from 101-4 to 281-5, courtesy of 108 from Devon Smith and 84 from Ryan Hinds.

“But the pitch is good,” says Jones, “and I still think we bowled well together as a unit.”

Let’s hope they bat as well as a unit later today.’



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