England captain David Beckham hopes to put a week of turmoil over claims he had an affair with a former PR girl behind him as he prepares to return to the pitch this weekend.
He is expected to play for his team Real Madrid on Sunday, with wife Victoria expected to fly to Spain to watch the game in a public show of unity.
However, the couple are preparing for more Sunday newspaper revelations about Beckham’s alleged liasions with Rebecca Loos. Friends of Beckham’s ex-personal assistant predict that she will tell her side of the story in public.
Loos, 26, is reported to have signed a £300,000 (€454,700) deal to reveal all about the alleged affair, which Beckham, 28, denies took place.
Beckham missed Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final defeat against Monaco due to a one-match suspension.
But he is available for selection for Real’s home game against Atletico Osasuna on Sunday and is expected to play.
The former Manchester United midfielder reported for training in the Spanish capital yesterday, leaving Victoria on the ski slopes of French resort Courchevel with sons Brooklyn and Romeo.
Dressed in a black woolly hat, he appeared relaxed as he chatted with team-mates and showed no sign of worry about the impending revelations.
Meanwhile, Victoria insisted the couple’s marriage was “fine” and in an as yet un-broadcast interview the former Spice Girl reveals that she and David are “practising” making babies.
She made her confession to pint-sized presenters Little Ant and Dec on ITV1’s Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
In the interview, which was recorded two weeks ago, the cheeky duo asked her: “Will you have any more babies?”
“I definitely want to have more babies,” she replied.
When asked: “Are you and David making more babies at the moment?” she told them: “We’re not planning on making babies at the moment. We’re what they call practising at the moment, which is really good fun.”
The interview will be shown on Saturday night.