[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.”