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Beckham to remain at Manchester Utd along with options

AP , MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

David Beckham will be at Manchester United next season, but could be sold for a bid of UK Pound 35 million (US$56 million), the club's chief executive said Sunday.

Recent speculation has linked Beckham with Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

While chief executive Peter Kenyon said Sunday Beckham would stay in Manchester, he admitted the club would consider selling the England captain if the price was right.

United defender Rio Ferdinand's UK Pound 29.3-million (US$46.88 million) transfer from West Ham last July is the British transfer record. Kenyon said he and manager Alex Ferguson would only be tempted by a bid of UK Pound 35 million (US$56) or more for Beckham.

"I think we have to look at those kind of offers, it would be remiss not to," Kenyon told BBC Radio.

"The reality is that the process starts with Sir Alex and I sitting down and formulating a plan of what we really want for our team and our squad for next season.

"The key is to work out how the team evolves so that we do not undergo revolution every four or five years."

Kenyon said United had lost star names in the past and coped well, pointing out that United won the Champions Cup, Premier League and FA Cup the season after influential midfielder Eric Cantona retired.

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