What Should Beckham Do Next?

Posted on December 8, 2011

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David Beckham is arguably the world’s most famous footballer and with his current £128million contract with MLS league side LA Galaxy ending on 31st December, he has a big decision to make about his future.

Beckham has already made it clear that he will not be retiring from the game and there has been a great deal of speculation about possible moves to a number of huge clubs.

A few weeks ago there was much hype about Beckham joining Tottenham Hotspur, the team where he started his youth career. Last year Beckham trained with the team for a period and seemed to do well, but recently manager Harry Redknapp said: “I wouldn’t say it’s a definite no-no with Tottenham, but I think he’s going to want to play regularly, that’s the problem. The problem is that he plays wide right. I’ve got Aaron Lennon who plays there.”

There were moves for him to sign for Spurs on loan in January which narrowly failed to materialise.

It seems a move to French side Paris Saint-Germain is becoming more likely.  Recently, PSG’s director of sport, Leonardo, said, “Yes, we’ve spoken. These situations take time. We’ll see if something suits him and suits us.”

Beckham had a loan spell at AC Milan whilst Leonardo was manager at the club. When asked about a move to France, Beckham said “Whenever a big club comes in for you it’s a temptation. At 36, to still have a big European club after me means a lot.” Money is no object to the Qatari owners of PSG, and an 18-month contract worth almost £12million is on the table.

One other club that are “apparently” interested are recently promoted premiership club Queens Park Rangers, but this move seems very unlikely.

On the other hand Beckham has not given a definite answer on whether he will leave L.A. Galaxy and recently said he had “a big decision to make” and “There are a lot of options but at the moment I am still a Galaxy player and whether I stay or go I’ve had an amazing five years here.” Beckham helped increase footballs popularity in the U.S and recently MLS Commissioner Don Garber said, “I hope he remains in Major League Soccer and continues his career in the United States, sitting here today I’m not sure that that will happen.”

No matter where Beckham goes it will undoubtedly be because of the “Beckham” brand and not because of his football skills. At 36 the fact that he has so many option is a testament to the career he has had.

By Calum Malone

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