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Beckham mum about future
by Paul Kennedy, November 21st, 2012 12:40AM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT Beckham Departure] David Beckham won't say where he plans to finish out his career, but the English star said his commitment to MLS won't end when he plays his last game Dec. 1 when the Los Angeles Galaxy hosts the Houston Dynamo in MLS Cup 2012.

“I still feel that I have something left in me as a player,” said Beckham. “I still feel I have one more challenge in me as a player, even at 37 years old. I feel that I can still play at a high level. Where that will be yet, I haven't decided. I have some exciting opportunities on the table, but right now my focus is on the final. Once that's out of the way, then we have a [postseason] tour to deal with, and then it's Christmas, which we always spend in London. So I'll be there, and I'll make a decision then.”

England, Scotland, Australia and China have been mentioned as possible destinations as have Brazil, Russia, South Africa and France.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Paris St. Germain, which had pursued Beckham last season, was the favorite to land Beckham, though PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said his club had not made Beckham an offer and had no plans to do so because "the transfer market is closed."

The English newspaper said it was unlikely Beckham would move to Australia or England.

"There are options, and I'm very lucky at my age to have options," Beckham said. "People have talked about my retirement, people have mentioned will I retire, and I actually don't feel I'm ready to retire yet."

Beckham also said he hoped to make a decision soon on his plans to become an MLS owner. AEG, the Galaxy owner, is up for sale, and MLS would like add a 20th team in New York.

He completed his five-year deal with the Galaxy in 2011 and signed a new agreement after helping it win MLS Cup 2011.

“I came to the decision solely because I felt that I achieved everything I wanted to achieve with the Galaxy on the field and off the field,” he said. “But on the field, to have been able to have played in -- by the time next Saturday comes around -- three finals in six years, to have been able to lift the championship last year in our own stadium, I felt I achieved everything I wanted to. Almost, because I want to win another championship before I go.”



2 comments
  1. Stephen Johnson
    commented on: November 21, 2012 at 2:24 a.m.
    If I was a betting man, I put my money that he plays one season in Australia then retires to MLS team ownership. It is my understanding, his agreement for a expansion limits him from going to LA or New York. With Orlando beckening for membership; another team being added at the same time to the southeast makes prefect sense. With this in mind I can't imagine him showing up anywhere else, but living the South Beach life style and placing a new expansion franchise in Miami, not Ft. Lauderdale, but in Miami proper. Using his influence and his own capital to get a shiny new SSS built in the process.
  1. dennis hillyard
    commented on: November 21, 2012 at 11:28 a.m.
    As a Brit living and coaching in the USA my only suggestion for Becks is that he does NOT end his career playing in England. There, players who run around like headless chickens are idolized for their 'WORK RATE' while at the same time players like Becks are ridiculed because, like all good players they let the ball do the work. When he does eventually retire then and only then would I like to see the FA offer him a senior coaching role at their new HQ working with the future generation of young players. Will it happen ? I doubt it for the simple reason that a COACH to the English FA is simply a form of transport!!! Why would they appoint a player with more than 100 caps for England, played for three of the biggest clubs in the world, played a major role in getting the 2012 Olympic Games in England and in 2010, paid his own expenses to visit the troops in Afghanistan before flying on to SA to support the England WC squad who in turn provided what was probably the most inept display by ANY England team in history. His thanks from the English fans ? "It was a publicity stunt (YAWN)

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