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David Beckham ponders playing return

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David Beckham has refused to rule out the possibility of making a retirement U-turn in order to turn out for his Miami expansion team in Major League Soccer.

The ex-England captain last appeared for Paris Saint-Germain against Brest in May 2013 after a career spanning six clubs in five countries.

Miami aren't set to join the MLS until the 2017 season by which time Beckham will be 41, but in a soon-to-air BBC documentary, David Beckham: Into The Unknown, he hinted that he still feels he has something to offer on the pitch.

"Now I go to watch a basketball game and, when you are watching athletes play at the top of their game, for me it gives me that itch again and I want to be back in the game," explained the 39-year-old.

"I start thinking to myself 'Could I play again? Could I go back? Could I come out of retirement and start playing again?'"

It was announced in February that Beckham had bought the Miami franchise after exercising an option inserted into his contract when he moved to the LA Galaxy in 2007, and he added:

"There's never been a player-owner, but maybe..."

The team will replace the Miami Fusion which folded in 2001, and the London-born superstar is heading the investment group Miami Beckham United with his business partner Simon Fuller, and Bolivian businessman Marcelo Claure - who failed in an expansion bid with FC Barcelona in 2009.

The Fusion only played for four seasons but counted Colombia ace Carlos Valderrama and current United States World Cup pair Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando among their roster, and the club won the Supporters' Shield in their final year.

Beckham made 719 appearances in his club career, scoring 129 times, and winning 11 major honours in Europe - including one Champions League title. He notched 17 in 115 matches at international level, appearing at three World Cups.

His MLS record stands at 98 games, 18 goals and an incredible 40 assists - all for the Galaxy, with whom he won two MLS Cups and two Supporters' Shields.

'Golden Balls' was heavily criticised throughout his time in Los Angeles though, as he was adjudged to have put too much focus on retaining his place in the England team.

Since he hung up his boots, former Three Lions teammate Jermain Defoe has also moved to North America with Toronto FC, while Frank Lampard is set to join the division in 2015 with New York City and rumours are abound that Joleon Lescott may be on the verge of a transfer to the Portland Timbers.

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