Ottawa Citizen

Beck­ham mulling his op­tions

Soc­cer star has of­fers from clubs around the world

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LON­DON • Nearly a month af­ter leav­ing the Los An­ge­les Galaxy, David Beck­ham is in no rush to find a new team as the former Eng­land cap­tain mulls over “a num­ber of se­ri­ous pro­pos­als” from clubs across the world.

The 37-year-old mid­fielder is seek­ing a fi­nal chal­lenge in his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer and has been linked with sides in France, Aus­tralia and Asia.

A “host of clubs” have come in with of­fers for Beck­ham, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by his man­age­ment com­pany is­sued to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day, but it re­mains “early days in the process.”

“David is in no hurry to make a de­ci­sion, the key is mak­ing the right one as he has al­ways done suc­cess­fully in his ca­reer,” the state­ment said.

Beck­ham, one of the most fa­mous sports­men in the world, ended his five-year stint in the United States by help­ing the Galaxy win the MLS Cup on Dec. 1.

He has said a re­turn to the English Pre­mier League, where he starred for Manch­ester United be­tween 19932003, is un­likely. Beck­ham is also re­ported to have ruled out a move to Aus­tralia’s ALeague.

French sports daily L’Equipe re­ported Thurs­day that Monaco, an am­bi­tious French sec­ond-di­vi­sion club, has ended talks with Beck­ham, although his ad­vis­ers have re­fused to com­ment.

Beck­ham has also played for Real Madrid in Spain and AC Mi­lan on loan in Italy.

 ?? JEFF GROSS/GETTY IM­AGES ?? David Beck­ham’s man­age­ment com­pany says he has re­ceived a host of of­fers. The celebrity soc­cer player is seek­ing a fi­nal ca­reer chal­lenge.
JEFF GROSS/GETTY IM­AGES David Beck­ham’s man­age­ment com­pany says he has re­ceived a host of of­fers. The celebrity soc­cer player is seek­ing a fi­nal ca­reer chal­lenge.

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