David Beckham revealed yesterday that he is uncertain over his role in the Real
David Beckham revealed yesterday that he is uncertain over his role in the Real Madrid team because of his inability to speak Spanish... Even though Beckham has spent time with Real's English-speaking players and knows Carlos Queiroz from their time together at Old Trafford last season, the former Manchester United star admitted that he is struggling to make progress because the new coach conducts all his training sessions in Spanish.
The England captain is due to make his debut for Madrid against the Dragon XI in Beijing on Saturday, but as he continued to be the centre of attention on the Spanish champions' 18-day tour of the Far East, Beckham said that the language barrier has been the biggest obstacle to settling into his new life.
He said: "Everything will be easier when I have learned the language, although I admit that it won't be easy. The coach has been trying to help me adapt to life at Real, but he does the training sessions in Spanish and I'm still finding it hard to understand what he wants."
Despite rumours of resentment in the dressing-room over Beckham's arrival, he insisted his new team-mates have gone out of their way to make him feel at home.
The England captain added: "They have helped me to integrate as quickly as possible. They are just as good off the field as they are on it. I'm very grateful to them."
However, Beckham knows that once the initial clamour dies down, the Real fans will be as welcoming only if he can justify his £25million price tag and help Queiroz's side to a record tenth European Cup win.
Beckham said: "We have to go out and give everything in every game to keep them happy. It's true that winning the Champions League is important for any club, but from what I've heard it is something exceptional at Madrid."
It had been assumed by many that the crop of youngsters that United groomed in the early '90s - such as Beckham, Scholes and the Neville brothers - would all see out their careers at Old Trafford.
However, it has now emerged that Paul Scholes could be tempted to one day to move away from Old Trafford, though has admitted that at the moment he is happy with the way things are going.
England midfield maestro Scholes insists he feels no more vulnerable now than when he first made his United debut in September 1994.
"You never think about leaving but you always know there is a chance it might happen," he said.
"Circumstances change. You don't want to be hanging about if you are not playing well, can't get into the team and find yourself as a substitute every week.
"But at the moment I am happy where I am and in an ideal world I would like to stay with Manchester United for the rest of my career. The problem is ideals don't always become reality.
"David leaving hasn't made me feel more vulnerable, it's part of the game.
"Not many players stay with one club throughout their career. It's something you get used to and we will carry on as normal, just as we have when other players have gone before."