David Beckham has stated that he would like to finish his career at Real Madrid.

Speaking for the first time in Spanish at a press conference, Beckham spoke of his desire to extend his current deal with Real, which expires in 2007.

“It has been in the papers and of course I would like to sign an extension,” said Beckham.

“I’m happy with life off the pitch and I’m happy playing here.

“My team-mates are great to me and look after me. I’m at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“Every top club is always looking for new players.

“If we get a new central midfielder it doesn’t have to mean I won’t play or I’ll go back to England. I’m not worried.”

Beckham also heaped praise on Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard who has been linked with a move to Madrid.

“Stevie Gerrard has become one of the best central midfielders in the world,” added Beckham.

“He’s reached a fantastic level of performance with Liverpool and he is reaching it consistently.”

The England captain also spoke highly of Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, whose good form has led to some observers suggesting he replace Beckham in the national team.

“I think it is great Shaun is playing the football he is,” Beckham insisted.

“He is one of the best young talents in England and Europe. He deserves his chance he is obviously going to get with the England team.

“The manager picks the team and if he wants to put me in the middle or if I stay on the right or Shaun plays somewhere else, then that’s fine.

“As England captain I’m pleased to see players like him.”