David Beckham, who left his boyhood team Manchester United for Real Madrid when he was 28-years-old, has today expressed his happiness over Wayne Rooney’s decision to stay at the club.

Becks has gone on to play for AC Milan and LA Galaxy and recently returned to Old Trafford to receive a battering in the Champions League. However, he has repeatedly reiterated his regret at leaving United when he did.

“I’ve never said that I’d never move away from Manchester, and I’ve never said that I’d end my career there,” Beckham said a fortnight before signing for Real Madrid. Clearly that attitude is one that came with the ego of youth and therefore he probably finds it easy to relate to Rooney’s current state of mind.

However, the former United man has insisted that the fans should be happy that Rooney still plays for the club.

“Wayne Rooney is a great talent wherever he plays – he’s always going to be a great player,” said Beckham. “But, as a Manchester United fan myself, the Manchester United supporters should be happy and it can be put to bed. I’m not surprised he’s staying at Manchester United because they’re the biggest club in the world. And he’s got the best manager that will look after him at all times. They’re the best fans in the world so at the end of the day it’s an easy decision.”