David Beckham does not see the arrival of Thomas Gravesen at Real Madrid as a threat to hios place at the club.
Speculation in the Spanish press about who would make way for Gravesen, focused on the England captain, who has not enjoyed his best form of late.
But Beckham produced one of his best displays of the season as Madrid ran out 3-1 winners over Real Zaragoza on Sunday.
The former Manchester United man started the game in the middle, but he moved out to the right wing when Gravesen replaced Luis Figo midway through the second half. Nonetheless, Beckham is convinced he has a future under new coach Wanderley Luxemburgo.
“There have been a lot of things in the papers about the English players leaving Madrid, but we’ve not heard anything about this. So we are just carrying on working and enjoying the football,” he said.
“Any time a new manager comes in, the players have to try and impress him. Me, Michael [Owen] and Jonathan [Woodgate], when he gets fit, all have to do the same, as do the rest of the team.
“Gravesen will be a good player for Madrid. He is a strong defensive player and good at going forward.
“People talk about the rivalry of another midfielder arriving but he is a different type of player to me – he is more defensive.
“Gravesen’s arrival gives me the best of both worlds. I like playing out on the right and in the middle so I was able to enjoy both roles.
“If the two of us are together in the middle it will give me more opportunity to try and get forward, which I haven’t been able to do since I came here, and is something I love to do.”