Uncertainty over England international David Beckham’s playing career is over after the 36 year old signed a new 2 year contract with Los Angeles based LA Galaxy that will see him end his career in the MLS.
There was a lot of speculation surrounding Beckham’s future after his initial contract expired at the end of last season. This led him to be linked with a number of European clubs including PSG and Tottenham.
Beckham’s statement from the club’s official website read:
“This was an important decision for me. I had many offers from clubs from around the world, however, I’m still passionate about playing in America and winning trophies with the Galaxy,”
“I’ve seen firsthand how popular soccer is now in the States and I’m as committed as ever to growing the game here.
“My family and I are incredibly happy and settled in America and we look forward to spending many more years here.”
Truth be said, Beckham’s presence in the American soccer has greatly enhanced the MLS’s profile. Prior to 2007 very few people new about soccer in the United States.
Sure a few people remembered them from the 2002 World Cup, however, not many knew about their league. In fact, the Galaxy and the MLS only came to prominence after Beckham’s multi-million transfer form Spanish giants Real Madrid.
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti who also coached Beckham during his short stint with Italian club AC Milan revealed that the only reason why Beckham decided to Remain in the United States was because his family requested him to do so.
“We had the possibility to have Beckham,” Ancelotti said.
“But Beckham decided to stay in Los Angeles because his family requested him.”
“It is not our business, we asked him if he wanted to play but he decided to stay. We and the club maintain a good relationship with him and wish him luck for the future.”
There is no doubt in my mind that Beckham will seek a loan move to either PSG or Tottenham in the course of these 2 years, however, the MLS can at least rest assured that they still have one of the game’s greatest midfielders present in their league.
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