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Gary Neville reveals he was 'relieved' when David Beckham left Manchester United for Real Madrid

David Beckham and Gary Neville of Manchester United during their training session before the Champions League First Stage match between Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United at The Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany on September 23, 2002. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)
David Beckham and Gary Neville of Manchester United during their training session before the Champions League First Stage match between Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United at The Bay Arena in Leverkusen, Germany on September 23, 2002. (Photo By Ben Radford/Getty Images)

Evan Bartlett

Manchester United’s former full-back Gary Neville admits he was “relieved” when David Beckham left Old Trafford.

England captain Beckham had a very public falling out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson before moving to Real Madrid in 2003.

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 always harboured this hope of playing abroad, I think, and playing in European football,” Neville said in an interview with StrettyNewsTV.

“Looking at what he’s done in his career now - playing at Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Manchester United, LA Galaxy, it’s a great career.

"You can’t look at it and think that he was wrong. He’s richer for those experiences.”

Beckham left Old Trafford amid a huge media storm after Ferguson kicked at boot at him during a dressing room row which struck him in the face.

“His time had probably come at United where he was right to leave,” Neville added.

“There was a bit of me that was relieved that that tension, that little bit of an underlying thing that was there had gone.

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

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