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The Spanish Blues

by | 30th, April 2004

‘DAVID Beckham is on his way back to the Premiership after his year-long adventure in Madrid.

Day-vid hears about the Chelsea offer

That is according to the Telegraph, which claims to have spoken with members of the Beckham inner circle.

Reliable sources, apparently, have stated with no small degree of certainty that the England captain will quit the galacticos and come back to live in London.

Chelsea remain red-hot favourites to win Beckham’s signature, although the paper says Arsenal (who also have a gap on the right-hand side of midfield) are a more attractive proposition.

The Daily Mail offers its own take on the story, claiming that Chelsea will buy Beckham, but will loan him back to Real for a year.

It is hard to understand the logic behind that deal – Beckham’s main motivation for wanting to leave is to be closer to his family.

And Madrid would surely prefer to take the money and look around for a replacement.

That replacement could be Manchester United’s Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who (says the Mirror) has got a get-out clause in his contract that would allow him to leave for £30m.

If he does leave, Des Kelly reckons “they might as well run a white flag up the pole at Old Trafford and have done with it”.

“There would be no greater indication United’s power base in the game is shrinking,” he says, “than the sight of their record-breaking striker heading for the exit, whether it’s because they cannot fight off the financial clout of the Spanish club or because the player himself believes his prospects would be improved elsewhere.”

The idea of a white flag flying above Old Trafford is a delicious one to contemplate, but to other sport now and to Simon Barnes in the Times who offers a list of hated champions.

We’re glad to report that Manchester United figure, as do the Arsenal of George Graham. David Campese, Martina Navratilova, Michael Schumacher (and the German football team) and Steve Davis all make it as well.

But not Stephen Hendry for some reason.

The Scot, in case anyone is still awake in Sheffield, is through to the semi-final of the world championship, where he is playing Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The good news is that O’Sullivan has a 6-2 lead after the first session of play and is well on his way to an appearance in the final against Matthew Stevens or Graham Dott.

We bet you can’t wait…’

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