A-League clubs in mix to secure Beckham
David Beckham speaks to reporters after announcing his impending departure from LA Galaxy. Photo: Getty Images
David Beckham dismissed talk of retirement saying he has some ''exciting options on the table'' as he gets set to wrap up his six-year Californian adventure.
A-League clubs, including Central Coast Mariners, Perth Glory and Melbourne Heart, have all publicly stated an intention to sign the former England skipper on a 10-game guest stint.
''People talk about my retirement but I still feel I have something left in the game to give,'' he said. ''I have a lot to give on the field.''
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star said he doesn't know what his future plans are except that he hopes to go out with a bang when the Los Angeles Galaxy host Houston in the Major League Soccer Cup final early next month.
However, he said he won't be playing in the MLS next season but his family likes living in southern California and plan to remain in the area in at least a limited capacity.
''I haven't decided where we might go next,'' Beckham said.
''We might stay here and we might spend more time in Europe. My playing career with the Galaxy ends next Saturday.
''I have some exciting options on the table.''
The veteran of three World Cups said he wants one last challenge before hanging up his football boots for good.
Beckham said he knew several weeks ago that he was going to play his last game with the Galaxy this year but wanted to wait for the right moment to announce it.
''I made the decision a few weeks back,'' he said. ''I thought about announcing it then but it was not the right time because we were still in the playoffs.''
Beckham has spent the past six seasons with the Galaxy, leading Los Angeles to an MLS Cup title last season when they defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0.
Beckham and the Galaxy go for their second consecutive crown when they face the Dynamo in a repeat of last year's final on December 1 at the Home Depot Center.
Beckham will reportedly consider offers from six countries, including a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain. PSG is understood to be one of a raft of clubs interested in offering Beckham a deal, with the player's advisers also anticipating offers from Premier League sides.
Carlo Ancelotti signed Beckham to the first of his two short-term AC Milan contracts when he was coach of the Rossoneri, and the former England captain believes he may be offered another deal by the Italian, who now manages PSG.
Paris would offer an attractive proposition personally as well as professionally, though he would accept only a deal that offers him regular football, rather than one that uses him as a promotional tool for the regeneration of the Qatari-owned club.
The PSG project has developed since the Qataris bought the club, and the value of a player who, at 37, is now in his footballing dotage may be debatable to a side hoping to challenge for the Champions League.
Just as appealing to Beckham could be an offer from Shanghai Shenhua. Two Brazilian sides, Corinthians and Flamengo, are also thought to have expressed interest, as have clubs in South Africa and Russia.
Beckham will make a decision following conversations with his family. While the long-haul destinations will have some appeal, Victoria Beckham and their four children are settled in Los Angeles and European destinations may appeal more. In a statement Beckham said: ''I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career.''
Beckham made 114 appearances for the Galaxy, scoring 18 times and reaching three MLS finals, winning one, with the chance to add a second in this year's final. AFP