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David Beckham turns down Paris deal

entertainment Updated: Jan 05, 2012 12:36 IST

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David Beckham will not be joining Paris Saint-Germain as he is does not want to shift his family from Los Angeles, according to the French Club.

The 36-year-old midfielder and former England captain’s five-year contract with the Galaxy ended after he won his first MLS Cup in November and was since then negotiating with the French Club.

“David Beckham is not coming,” the Daily Express quoted PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi as saying at the Qatar Open tennis tournament.

“We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal ... maybe in the future.”

“David Beckham is (with) Los Angeles and he’s going to stay there,” he added.

Beckham will try to settle a new, improved rolling one-year contract this week with the Galaxy, which was paying him an annual base salary of 6.5 million dollars.

French media had reported that Beckham would have been paid nearly double that at PSG, whose Qatari owners have spent more than 100 million dollars on players during six months in charge.