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Beckham Confirms Intent to Purchase MLS Franchise

In an interview with the AP, David Beckham says he’s ‘excited’ about the prospect of owning an MLS franchise, and that he hopes his son Brooklyn might one day be good enough play for his team. While the former LA Galaxy midfielder confirms his intent to purchase an MLS club as part of the contract he signed with the league in 2007, he stops short of naming the location of his franchise, or the price he would have to pay. Previous reports have pegged the location as Miami and the price as $25 million, a huge discount to the $100 million Manchester City and the New York Yankees purchased New York City FC for earlier this year.

''I am excited about owning a team ... continuing to be part of the MLS in the future,'' Beckham says. 'When you are a manager, when you are an owner, when you are a captain I think there's always going to be certain people that don't agree with some of the things that you do. But you are there to create something that is going to be successful, not just a year or two, it's for the next 20, 30, 40 years. So that's what I'm hopefully going to create.''

On Miami, the rumored location of his franchise, Beckham says: "Miami excites me because I think it's a city that is very excitable. I've been to watch the basketball there. I've seen the (NFL's Miami) Dolphins play. It's a city where the people in the city love their sport."

When asked if he would like to see Brooklyn, 14, play for his team, Beckham says, “Yes, hopefully, hopefully,” although he adds that it troubles him that Brooklyn and his other sons Romeo, 11, and Cruz, 8, are unable to develop as players away from the spotlight.

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