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David Beckham announces LA Galaxy exit plans

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LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has announced his decision to quite Major League Soccer at the end of the season, ending his six-year stay in Los Angeles after the MLS Cup final on December 1.

The 37-year-old's stint in North America brought success in the form of the Galaxy's third MLS Cup crown last campaign, and he will be hoping to sign off by helping his side retain the trophy this year.

In a statement released by the former England captain, Beckham said: "I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career."

The former Manchester United star made 398 appearances for the Red Devils, winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League before leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid in a £25million deal in 2003.

While in Spain, Beckham won the La Liga title in 2007, just weeks before moving to the United States, where he has carried on his career to date.

Melbourne Heart have claimed they are in talks with Beckham over a "10-game stint" in Australia, despite his camp saying he had "no plans" to play in the A-League.

Heart chief executive Scott Munn told BBC Sport: "We are incredibly serious and working tirelessly with David's representatives to table a compelling offer which is commensurate with the international player that David is."

Beckham's initial contract with American Major League Soccer included a clause allowing him to be involved in owning an MLS expansion team further down the line. And, after being voted the league's best player by supporters last season, his departure will be made with a heavy heart.

"I don't see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future," he added.

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