Real Madrid yesterday pledged to bring their star team to Hong Kong - but officials warned ticket prices for the match could be stellar as well. Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Hong Kong Football Association, promised at least 20,000 seats would be available for the public but warned that the best seats would cost more than $1,000. After several weeks of uncertainty, the contract bringing the Spanish giants to Hong Kong next month was signed last night by Fok and Roderick Miller, from Asia Sports Development - Real's agent in Asia. The match will be between Real Madrid's 'best team' and a mixed squad comprising Chinese national players and Hong Kong players. It will be staged at the 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium on August 8. Asked repeatedly whether new signing David Beckham would be coming, Miller would not be drawn into naming the Real squad but said it would comprise 'Real Madrid's first team'. Fok said half the seats would be offered for sale to fans 'but tickets would not come cheap'. Although he would not give the exact cost, he said the most expensive seats could cost over $1,000. He added organisers are trying to secure sponsorship deals for the event which could see tickets prices drop. At this stage it is unclear who will foot the bill for bringing the Spanish club to Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Football Association is still trying to bring in sponsorship money so less public money will have to be spent on luring the team to Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government has agreed to underwrite any loss that may occur. The appearance fee asked by the Spanish club was rumoured to be around $20 million, but Fok, who met Real Madrid officials when he visited Europe last week, declined to confirm or deny the amount. He would only say that the match was going to be 'very expensive'. 'When we learned Real Madrid were planning to play in Beijing and Japan in their pre-season Asian tour, we asked them to play a third match in Hong Kong,' said Fok. 'They told us they pay a lot in salaries for their players and therefore their charge would be high. Real Madrid are a very expensive team to bring in and negotiations have been difficult.' He added that Real Madrid gave him a tight deadline for the negotiations as there were many other cities in the region trying to make a deal. Miller said Hong Kong fans would get value for their money. He added that Real Madrid would be looking to play the best team that the HKFA could assemble. 'It would be up to Mr Fok [to decide what team Hong Kong would field], but it should be the best available,' Miller said. Fok said the China squad for the August 8 encounter could feature more mainland players than Hong Kong players. 'I've spoken to the Chinese Football Association and they're very supportive. But we'll have to discuss further which national team players would play in Hong Kong,' said Fok. 'But we could see more Chinese players than local players.' The match will be the first time Brazil's World Cup stars Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo of Portugal and Spanish striker Raul have played in Hong Kong. Apart from playing the match, Real Madrid players would be looking to conduct some charity activities during their visit, said Miller. 'They would also do a lot of shopping,' he added. The government would be hoping to use the match to boost Hong Kong's profile overseas after the Sars outbreak. 'The match will be an event which will attract attention around the world,' said Home Affairs Secretary Patrick Ho Chi-ping. 'It would be a very important step in relaunching Hong Kong after Sars. It will showcase Hong Kong internationally.' Some of the match tickets would be reserved for overseas tourists, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Anissa Wong Sean-yee said at the contract-signing ceremony.