Becks hope for Calderon
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon again wants David Beckham to stay at the club.
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has reiterated his desire to keep David Beckham at El Santiago Bernabeu.
The former England captain's future has been the subject of much speculation after falling down the pecking order in Fabio Capello's squad.
The former Manchester United star has already ruled out a return to Old Trafford, despite being linked with The Red Devils and a return to The Premiership.
The 31-year-old has also been the subject of a switch to America's Major League Soccer after MLS introduced a new 'marquee player' rule for their 2007 season.
Beckham will be free to speak with any clubs come January, but Calderon remains hopeful he will want to stay with the Spanish giants.
"We have offered a contract extension to Beckham," Calderon said. "I have spoken to him personally.
"He is happy here, with his children's school, the climate...but he is not playing and he wants to wait a little.
"He represents the claw, the (fighting) spirit of the club. I would like him to continue here."
Calderon's desire for Beckham to stay comes as Real look set to boost their squad with three talented South Americans.
Brazilian defender Marcelo will be arriving in January from Fluminense, while the Argentine duo of River Plate striker Gonzalo Higuain and Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago are being lined up for the New Year as well.
"Both have reached an agreement with us," Calderon said the arrivals of Higuain and Gago.
"The question is do they come in June or January. We want them to come in January and they also want that.
"In the case of Gago, he is going help a lot in the centre of the pitch.
"They say that he looks like (Josep) Guardiola and (Fernando) Redondo. He is going to help Guti a lot.
"We may have to play almost 70 games and it is necessary to create a big squad."