David Beckham has agreed a two year contract extension that will tie him to Real Madrid until June 2009, according to Ramon Calderon.
A spokesman for the player has said that the contract has not yet been signed but that it was the players intention to do so.
Ramon Calderon made the claim on TVE last night and insisted that the decision to offer the 31 year old former England captain a new contract had nothing to do with the players commercial importance to the club; “Of course it’s for sporting reasons” insisted the Madrid President.
"Marketing is important but at ‘this’ Real Madrid the most important thing is the sporting factor and the technical department gave the go ahead to renew Beckham's contract."
Calderon also defended new coach Fabio Capello after the team were criticised for their lacklustre performance against Villarreal.
"Capello is one of the few persons able to take us up again and give us the seriousness and the discipline we need," he said.
“I have faith in Capello. He is the best coach in the world, but we must be patient. Today’s draw was the first game!”
Calderon revealed that Real had finally indeed given up on signing Kaka - for now anyway.
"I promised him to our supporters and I was convinced I would be able to do this but it turned out that for Milan he was untransferable.
"We will see for the future, maybe next year."
Calderon also spoke of Ronaldo’s future at the club and old Spanish Television that he had held a meeting with the player after the game against Villarreal and that the Brazilian “Wants to stay at Real Madrid, he’s happy and looking forward to playing. He’s lost weight and wants to be here”.