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The 37-year-old has taken the time to praise the current Real Madrid boss for keeping in contact with him during his injury troubles in the past, praising his character

LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has praised Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho not only for his coaching ability, but his strength of character and genial personality.

The pair met on Thursday when the Portuguese’s side thumped the MLS outfit 5-1 in a pre-season friendly – with the 37-year-old playing 45 minutes.

Beckham has never played directly underneath the former Chelsea boss during his career, but that hasn't stopped the pair building up a close friendship off the pitch, with the ex-England captain stating that Mourinho more than lives up to his nickname 'The Special One'.

"I think he's an exceptional manager,” Beckham told reporters.

“He's an amazing human being as well. What he does for teams and what he does for players, individuals is very special. There's not many managers that can do that.

“He's a very special person and manager. I think what he's achieved in his career, his very short career so far, is amazing."

Since plying his trade in the MLS, Beckham has struggled to make an impact on the international scene - with a tear in his Achilles tendon ruling out of contention for the 2010 World Cup.

And the midfielder has revealed that Mourinho contacted him in the aftermath to express his sympathy over his injury troubles.

Beckham added: "He was one of the first people to call me after I ruptured my Achilles. He kept in touch with me. It makes him a great human being."