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Gary Neville: 'I was relieved when David Beckham left Manchester United'

28 Septembre 2017

It's not known how well his comments will go down with the United faithful, as they have a fierce rivalry with their big city rivals Liverpool.

"He always harboured this hope of playing overseas, I think, and playing in European football", Neville told Stretty News.

Neville, who retired from football halfway through the 2010-11 campaign, revealed Beckham had always harboured this hope of playing overseas and did not begrudge his former teammate's decision to leave Manchester.

The former England captain won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League with United but endured a stormy relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson towards the end of his time at Old Trafford before being sold to Real Madrid in 2003. "I'd like to see one more flair player in the team", he added.

"I was probably relieved a little bit". For him, for the club - it could never end badly, that relationship. "There were some public things that had happened that were pushing it a little bit. David had done so much for the club and the club had done so much for David".

"When David left, to be honest with you, at the time "sad" probably wasn't the right word". It could never end badly.

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Neville says it was the right time for the No 7 to move on and that looking back at his career now it is hard to argue that it was a bad decision.

"He was a brilliant player and I loved playing with him".

"He always harboured this hope of playing overseas, I think, and playing in European football", Neville said.

Beckham eventually left the Red Devils in 2003 for Real Madrid and had spells at Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain before hanging up his boots in 2013.

"You can't look at it and think that he was wrong. He's richer for those experiences in terms of just life experiences he's had were just incredible".

Gary Neville: 'I was relieved when David Beckham left Manchester United'