England captain David Beckham has stated that he will return to Manchester United if he ever leaves Real Madrid.

Beckham left United in July 2003, but indifferent form has heightened speculation that he may be sold by Real at the end of the season.

“If I ever leave I would go back to United and work with Sir Alex again, definitely,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“Manchester United were the club that I grew up with and felt that I would always be there my whole career.”

However, Beckham insisted he was happy at Real, and was determined to prove himself in La Lga.

“I have been here for a year and a half and I have not played my best football in the past few months,” he said.

“But I am happy. I am playing with some of the best players in the world and I want to win the top prizes like the Spanish league and the Champions League.”

Meanwhile, Beckham said he was happy to have competition for his international place from Manchester City’s Shaun Wright-Phillips.

“He deserves his chance because of the way he has been playing and I am genuinely pleased to see him doing so well,” he said.

“People ask me if I’m worried about him. I’m not worried because I am proud of the England team and I want the best for it.

“I’m the captain. It’s in my interests to have the best players in the team as well.

“I am not a jealous person and I am pleased for young kids coming through. We are talking about team-mates of mine.

“Shaun is a threat to me because he plays in the same position, but we can also play in other positions.

“I believe I will still be in the England team in 2006. I believe I will be England captain for that World Cup.”