David Beckham has ended speculation regarding his future and signed a two-year deal with LA Galaxy.
There were suggestions Beckham could possibly return to his former club Manchester United, where he left after falling out with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was another who admitted he would like to sign Beckham, but doubted whether the White Hart Lane club would be able to afford his wages.
The former Old Trafford favourite was also interesting Paris St Germain, among others, but it seems his family comfort and the chances of leaving a legacy in the MLS proved decisive.
“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,” Beckham said in a statement.
Another major factor in his decision was reportedly the possibility of playing for Team GB in the upcoming London 2012 Olympic games.
The initial five-year deal with Galaxy was signed in 2007 but Beckham was reportedly considering a move back to Europe to play at a higher standard.
The move to MLS was stated as an attempt to raise the profile of the game in America and he still has the option of starting his own franchise at some point as part of the original deal.
These aims still appear to be in place for the ex-Real Madrid man and were a key factor in his decision to sign the new contract.
“I've seen first-hand how popular soccer is now in the States and I'm as committed as ever to growing the game here,” he concluded.
“My family and I are incredibly happy and settled in America and we look forward to spending many more years here.”
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