Inter play down Becks talk
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Inter boss Roberto Mancini has seemingly ruled out a move for David Beckham.
Internazionale coach Roberto Mancini has seemingly closed the door to the possibility of signing David Beckham.
The former England captain is set to reopen talks regarding a new deal with Real Madrid after being linked with a January exit from the Bernabeu.
Beckham is free to speak to any potential suitors as his current contract expires in June, but Inter look unlikely to make a move in the early part of 2007.
Nerazzurri coach Mancini is still hopeful of keeping Luis Figo, despite claims by Al Ittihad that they have signed the Portuguese midfielder, and as such has no interest in pursuing Beckham.
"Figo is an Inter player and he will remain at Inter, as Beckham is a Real Madrid player," said Mancini. "Out of respect I never speak about other clubs' players."
Moreover, Beckham's spokesman Simon Oliveira has now insisted that the former Manchester United hero will take his time over the new deal proposed by Real, with a January move certainly out of the question.
"There is a significant deal on the table from Real," Oliveira told the BBC. "It's slightly more than he's on at the moment.
"They are the only club we are genuinely talking to at the moment and another meeting is scheduled for the second week of January.
"David intends to play a major role for Real Madrid for the remainder of the season.
"He wants to take time over this decision. It will be the last significant deal of his football career.
"He will know by March what he is going to do."