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David Beckham's strict instructions to Inter Miami boss Phil Neville for son Romeo
22/09/2021 10:35:49

David Beckham has told Inter Miami boss Phil Neville to be particularly hard on his son Romeo, who recently made his professional debut.

The 19-year-old, who is the second eldest of Beckham's four children, has followed in his father's footsteps.

Romeo started for Miami side’s sister team Fort Lauderdale on Sunday night, playing 79 minutes as a starter.

David was a leading figure in getting Inter Miami off the ground but doesn't want his son to be given an easy ride or benefit from his reputation.

Neville, who was appointed earlier this year, has a long association with the club's president having played with him at Manchester United.

He made it known that David doesn't want any favours when it comes to his son's career.

Neville said: “I think the first thing that David said to me was, 'You have got to be harder on him than anyone else'.

“He has got to work harder than anyone else to get into that team because there will be questions, there will be expectations on his shoulders.”

“I think the measure of his performance was that he was only planned to play 45 minutes, and he played nearly 80 minutes because he is a boy that is hungry.

“He has got a lot of pressure and expectation on his shoulders, but what he has got is his feet firmly on the ground.

“He knows he has got a lot of development to do, and he has got all the right attributes - character, determination, good person - to have a really good opportunity of making it in professional football."

The Inter Miami boss also highlighted Romeo's standing among the Fort Lauderdale players.

“He is so popular in the dressing room. He has obviously been brought up the right way by his parents," said Neville.

Romeo, like his father, played on the right wing in the 2-2 home draw with South Georgia Tormenta.

Neville's son Harvey is also on the club's books but the 44-year-old rejected claims he or David have had a say in their children's futures.

“These boys have made the decision themselves," he claimed.

“When I joined this football club, Harvey was at Manchester United… and I played no part in signing my son. It was done by other people.

“The decision was made by my boy, and that is a decision he has got to make himself. He knows when he is in this football club he is no different than any other player, and it is the same with Romeo.”

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