David Beckham Transfer News: Becks Says Goodbye To LA Galaxy; Celtic, Phoenix Or FFA On The Cards?
David Beckham (Photo: Reuters)
England's legendary footballer David Beckham has wished goodbye to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star said Monday night that he would play his last game for the Major League Soccer during the final against Houston Dynamo Dec 1.
"I've had an incredibly special time playing for the LA Galaxy, however, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career," the 37-year-old midfielder said in a statement.
"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."
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"In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year," he added.
"I've been fortunate to win trophies, but more important to me has been the fantastic reception. I've had from fans in LA and across the States. Soccer's potential has no limits in this wonderful country, and I want to always be part of growing it."
Now it has emerged that Beckham might just be thinking of joining Celtic.
It was earlier reported that hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg was keen on buying the Scottish Premier League side. And he wants his friend Beckham to wear the Hoops jersey.
Snoop, who is an avid soccer fan, got the idea of investing in the club when he saw them beat Barcelona during a Champions League match earlier this month.
Celtic are estimated to be around £30million.
"I got a lot of interest in soccer. It's not a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in sports teams but it is a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in soccer teams," Snoop was quoted as saying by the Scottish Daily Record.
Beckham joined LA Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007 and won three Western Conference titles with the club as well as the MLS Cup last season.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand Herald has reported that Wellington-based soccer club Phoenix are investigating whether David Beckham might be interested in playing at the New Zealand capital again.
Beckham had earlier shown his prowess at Wellington earlier. The Westpac Stadium sold out in 2007 when his LA Galaxy played the Phoenix.
There were even reports linking him to Football Federation Australia and Australian press went hammer and tongs saying that he might join an A-League club.
However, Beckham flatly denied the reports. "That's the first I've heard of that this morning," he said during a press conference. "But no, definitely not true."
However, if the Australian bosses are to be believed, there still is a possibility of Beckham playing Down Under.
According to a report, Australia soccer chief David Gallop was not surprised Beckham's management denied he had any interest in playing in the A-League.
Gallop, who only recently took over as Football Federation Australia chief executive, said such counter-statements were common during such high-profile negotiations.
"A similar thing happened with [Alessandro] Del Piero in terms of the contact and, as we all know, that came to be. So let's just see how this one plays out. It's certainly an exciting proposition - no one would deny that," he told a local radio Saturday.
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