David Beckham has shed new light on the circumstances surrounding his departure from Manchester United in an informative interview with BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs to celebrate the programme's 75th anniversary.
After six Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy, Beckham ended his association with boyhood club United when he joined Madrid in a deal worth around €35 million.
He told BBC Radio 4: "There was never any revenge but I was hurt and angry at the time at how the situation had gone because I was left out of certain games but never thought it would lead to me leaving.
"But I did heard rumours I might be sold. I was holiday in the States with Victoria and one of my friends called and told me it was on Sky Sports that United had agreed terms with Barcelona. I said 'that wasn't right, I don't know anything about it'.
"So I then flew back to London. I tried to speak to Peter Kenyon and tried to speak to the manager and he said 'no'. I said 'well I need to understand what is going on'. He said 'it's true, we have agreed a deal'.
"That is when I spoke to my agent and said 'if I am going to move, I'm going to move to Madrid'. Within a day, I was sat with the president of Madrid and we agreed that is where I was going to go."
Beckham's relationship with manager Sir Alex Ferguson had soured at the time but the former winger insists that he never wanted to leave Old Trafford.
David Robert Joseph Beckham Born 2 May 1975 in Leytonstone, London, England
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