Calderon: We want to keep Beckham

If Ramon Calderon has his way, David Beckham may come back to the Bernabeu after all. In a drastic reversal from their earlier mudslinging, the Real Madrid president told Spanish reporters on Sunday that he “would love it if he stayed at our club” and that Real was hoping to sit down with the former England skipper to discuss possible terms.

Calderon’s plan rests on what he describes as an escape clause in Beckham’s five-year contract with the LA Galaxy. The clause could theoretically allow Beckham to ink a new contract with the Galacticos–if he were inclined to do so.

Unfortunately for Madrid, Beckham doesn’t seem likely to budge. In response to Calderon’s announcement, Beckham’s agent Simon Oliveira reiterated his client’s commitment to his new club, telling the Associated Press that “there is no intention of getting out of the Galaxy deal or reneging on the Galaxy deal.”

Galaxy manager and former US national team player Alexi Lalas echoed that sentiment. “I still think he is playing better than he ever has,” Lalas told the AP. “He saw a great opportunity for him and his family, for a challenge, and to continue his professional soccer career. I don’t think he’s looked back since.”