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US Major League Soccer Commissioner Denies Beckham Early Release Rumors

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has denied reports that the league is trying to get star English midfielder David Beckham an early release from his contract with Spanish club Real Madrid.

Garber says the media "fabricated quotes" suggesting that lawyers are working to clear the way for Beckham's arrival with the Los Angeles Galaxy in time for the April start of the MLS season.

Garber says that unless something changes, the 31-year-old Beckham will remain with Real Madrid until his contract expires at the end of June. Beckham's spokesman also says the player will fulfill his Madrid contract and continue to train with the team.

Real coach Fabio Capello already has said Beckham will no longer play in matches now that he has committed to another club. He also criticized Beckham for signing with the Galaxy before informing the Madrid club.

Beckham announced last week that he would move to the Galaxy in August. His five-year deal is reported to be worth $250 million in salary and commercial endorsements.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.