Last updated : 30 January 2006 By editor

"I will always keep my home in London but I have never hidden the fact that I want to spend the rest of my career with Real Madrid," Beckham said.

"I want to stay and remain captain of England. My children are at school here and I would like to stay here even after my career is over."

"It was hard to leave your home because you live in a zone of comfort. I had a house in Manchester and was happy there, everything was perfect."

"When I arrived in Madrid, newspapers were asking if I had come to sell T-shirts or to play football. In that way another aspect of my personality prevailed. I had to prove that I am a good, quite normal person. To be with new players and in a new club it allows you to discover to what extent you are good. I had to adapt to a different style."