The LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan has said on MLSsoccer.com that he would play or David Beckham’s upcoming Miami MLS franchise, but “not for a few years”.
When asked if he would join Beckham’s side, Donovan said, “Everyone’s got a price... potentially not for a few years. I’m in LA for a few more years.”
Beckham and Donovan were teammates for five seasons during Beckham’s time at the Galaxy from 2007 to 2012.
However, the pair have not always got along; their relationship came under strain when the Englishman jetted off to play for AC Milan in the MLS off-season, prompting a furious Donovan to claim that Beckham was not fully committed to the Galaxy.
“All that we care about at a minimum is that he committed himself to us,” said Donovan at the time:
"As time has gone on, that has not proven to be the case in many ways – on the field, off the field."
It is also understood that Donovan was unhappy at losing the captaincy to the former Manchester United midfielder upon his arrival.
However, the two managed to play together for five years and look to have patched up their differences.
If Donovan were to move to Beckham’s team, it would represent a significant step in the Englishman’s attempt to bring big players to his club, something that he said he wanted to do when announcing the project.
However, Beckham’s more immediate concerns lie in securing a spot for the team’s planned new stadium, something that already hit its first hitch when a suggested site received strong opposition from local businessmen recently.
Beckham will be hoping though that – once his team has a place to call home – that Donovan is just the first of many stars to declare their interest in playing in Miami.
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