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David Beckham could return to play in the Copa Libertadores

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Club Bolivar are desperate for England's former captain to come out of retirement and to play in the Copa Libertadores, South America's version of the Champions League.

The Bolivian side have been a sensation in this year’s competition and have reached the semi-finals with a crunch clash against San Lorenzo to be played in July.

Club President Marcelo Claure is hungry for success in a competition that is usually dominated by Brazilian and Argentinian teams, and has expressed his desire for close-friend Beckham to come out of retirement and lead his men to glory.

Beckham had a glittering career in the game with stints at Manchester United, Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSG and LA Galaxy and the opportunity to showcase his skills in a new continent and add another trophy to his cabinet, could be enticing.

"I have spoken to David about the chance of playing in the latter stages of the Copa Libertadores," Claure said.

"We shared a beer and, as always when we meet, we said, 'Can we do this?'

"We have never closed the door on this. It's a dream. We all have dreams and the door is always open for having David as a great reinforcement at Bolivar."

It is not just Claure, however, who appears to be excited by the possible return of the English demi-god.

San Lorenzo's vice-president Marcelo Tinelli admitted the thought of facing Beckham in the competition is an enticing one, adding: "The Copa Libertadores is becoming more interesting every day.

"It would be something very nice to have the chance to play against Bolivar with David Beckham in their squad."

Of course Beckham is a very busy man in the footballing world in his role as China’s Ambassador for football as well as managing several other commercial projects, however, this could help boost his profile in South America and with Adidas still one of Beckham’s key sponsors there may well be strong financial incentive for Golden Balls to get his boots on once again.

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