David Beckham says he wishes he had emulated Ryan Giggs and stayed at Manchester United his entire career.
The Los Angeles Galaxy midfield star, who initially left United for Real Madrid and is now on loan at AC Milan, told BBC Radio on Sunday he never wanted to leave the English club in 2003.
United sold Beckham to Real Madrid after his relations soured with manager Alex Ferguson, who was concerned about his off-field commercial exploits. Giggs, who is now 36 years old, has been at Old Trafford since making his debut as a 17-year-old, the same as Beckham.
“I’d have loved to have stayed at Manchester United for my whole career and never gone anywhere else, but it just wasn’t meant to be,” Beckham said.
“It takes a special person and a player to stay at a club for so many years. Ryan’s been there for so many years now and he’ll be part of Manchester United for life,” Beckham said.