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Beckham rubbishes A-league rumours; Romeu staying put

Los Angeles Galaxy star midfielder David Beckham has rubbished reports linking him with a short-term move to the A-League, Sky Sports understands.

The Football Federation Australia, FFA, has revealed that Beckham’s management reached out to them about the possibility of the former England international joining an A-League side upon the completion of the current Major League Soccer season.

“No. Definitely not true,” Beckham told reporters at the Home Depot Center.

“Bruce (Galaxy coach Bruce Arena) told me that this morning – the first I’d heard about it. Like I said that’s the first I’d heard of that, this morning.”

Despite the Englishman’s response, Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop remains optimistic that he [Beckham] may be open to the switch, insisting that former Juventus superstar Alessandro Del Piero eventually joined A-League giants FC Sydney after an initial contract dispute.

Beckham, 37, has bagged seven goals and five assists in 28 league appearances for the LA Galaxy this term.

Becks and the LA Galaxy are scheduled to clash with Seattle Sounders in the second leg of the MLS Cup Playoffs semifinal on 18 November, with Bruce Arena’s side taking a 3-0 advantage to CenturyLink Field.

Now then, can Beckham and company defend their MLS title, or will Seattle, Houston or DC United claim the silverware this season?

Romeu staying put

According to Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo, Oriol Romeu will not be leaving Chelsea during the January transfer window.

The former FC Barcelona midfielder has made just four appearances for the Blues this season, despite finding the back of the net against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Capital One Cup.

Speculation has arisen that Romeu could return to Spain in January, with either a loan or permanent switch on the cards.

However, Roberto Di Matteo has dismissed this speculation, insisting that Romeu will not be sold in January.

“Romeu is a very young talent with good prospects for the future,” said manager Di Matteo. “He has offers from other clubs and especially from Spain but I have had calls from Italy as well.

“But he has been playing a bit more lately and he will be playing more in the future. There is absolutely no chance of him leaving in January.”

The 21-year-old could see an increase in first-team action in January, with John Obi Mikel — and Victor Moses — set to take part in the African Cup of Nations.

In addition, Chelsea fully expect to play a part in the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League this season. As a result, Di Matteo will need a large squad, with Romeu and extra body who could prove absolutely vital.

Sat 17 November, 2012
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