Becks goes out in style, may move to Paris now
David Beckham helped lead the LA Galaxy to his first MLS title on Sunday but refused to be drawn on his future with his contract soon to run out.Updated: Nov 22, 2011 00:13 IST
David Beckham helped lead the LA Galaxy to his first MLS title on Sunday but refused to be drawn on his future with his contract soon to run out.
His performance in the 1-0 MLS Cup victory over the Houston Dynamo finally validated the former England skipper's decision to move to Los Angeles in 2007 and banished demons of previous US failures.
Beckham's five-year contract with the Galaxy finishes after an upcoming Asian end-of-season tour but he has not ruled out signing a new deal with the club despite interest from big-spending French side Paris St Germain and English teams.
"Whether I stay or not, I've had an amazing five years," he told a news conference.
"I'm not in a rush to decide what happens."
Beckham was a big part of the win, helping set up Landon Donovan for the goal despite battling a hamstring injury. He showed the kind of commitment to his team that many pundits have questioned over the years.
The Briton was criticised by fans for making loan moves to Italy's AC Milan during two off-seasons, as well as his previous failure to deliver on the promise of championships.
However, such talk was muted as a grinning Beckham celebrated the MLS crown in front of an adoring Galaxy crowd at the Home Depot Center.
"This was a special year and I'm so happy to have been a part of this," the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player said.
"It's always nice to have doubters along the way, and it's nice to prove them wrong."
Beckham, who came back from an Achilles tendon injury suffered last season, was clearly labouring at the end of match but mustered enough energy to push his side to glory.
"I've been around great athletes in different sports and this guy is as good as they come," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said of the man brought in to boost MLS's profile.
"He's done it all in every country he's been in. What more can you ask for?"
Moving to Paris
Beckham and wife Victoria are reportedly planning to move to Paris as he prepares to sign for the city's famous team, Paris St Germain.
The 36-year-old is locked in negotiations with the Qatari-owned Paris team who have offered him a multi­million pound contract, reported Mirror online.
Victoria will visit the French capital in the next few weeks to look at apartments to rent in the most exclusive, stylish area of the city - the Sixth Arrondissement.
First Published: Nov 22, 2011 00:08 IST