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Robbie Keane wants Frank Lampard to replace David Beckham at LA Galaxy

Keane desperate for Lampard to ditch Chelsea and replace Beckham at LA Galaxy

Graeme Yorke


00:22 GMT, 13 February 2013



08:05 GMT, 13 February 2013

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is hoping Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will come in to replace former England captain David Beckham at the MLS club.

Galaxy have not yet replaced Beckham with another big-name, big-money player but they have been linked with England stalwart Lampard who looks likely to leave Chelsea when his contract expires at the end of the season.

'I am sure they have someone in the pipeline. I think it is important for the team to get big-name players in and if we get Frank it will be good – he's been on fire. Hopefully we can get him,' Ireland striker Keane said.

Cruising: Frank Lampard has been in great form for club and country, but looks set to leave Chelsea

Cruising: Frank Lampard has been in great form for club and country, but looks set to leave Chelsea

Lampard, 34, has scored 10 goals in his last 15 games for club and country.

He netted in Chelsea's 4-1 victory over Wigan Athletic in the Premier League on Saturday and grabbed the winner in England's 2-1 friendly triumph over Brazil on Wednesday.

England manager Roy Hodgson said after the game that Lampard should stay in Europe to maintain his chances of playing in the 2014 World Cup.

The player has expressed a desire to prolong his 12-year stay at Chelsea.

An established international midfielder with an eye for goal is exactly the kind of player the Galaxy need, with their attempts to sign Brazilian Kaka from Real Madrid not having made any noticeable progress.

Keane said Beckham would be missed in the MLS after he joined Paris Saint-Germain last month.

37-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid player spent six
years with the Galaxy before he signed a five-month contract with PSG in

The transfer, however, prompted suggestions it was a marketing or business-led deal.

'It's not really hard to understand,' said Keane. 'It's very simple, he loves playing the game.

would he not go to Paris They are top of the league, they have a great
manager (Carlo Ancelotti) who he knows very well after playing for him
on loan with AC Milan. It makes sense regardless of all the other stuff.

are always going to question it because he is such a big figure but I
know him personally and I know he just loves playing the game. What's
wrong with that' added Keane.

Moving on: David Beckham was in Valencia to watch his new team Paris Saint-Germain in action

Moving on: David Beckham was in Valencia to watch his new team Paris Saint-Germain in action

Void: David Beckham (left) played alongside Robbie Keane (right) at LA Galaxy

Void: David Beckham (left) played alongside Robbie Keane (right) at LA Galaxy

PSG have a six-point lead at the top
of Ligue 1 and Beckham watched from the stands when they beat Valencia
2-1 in Spain on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League
last-16 tie.

Keane played alongside Beckham for
two MLS seasons, winning the championship both times, and believes his
former team mate can pick up another title this season.

'He still has passion for the game and he is still a quality player,' said the Irishman. “He is going to a team that is probably going to win their league.

'It's not a bad place for him to be – hopefully he wins that league too because he has won in Spain, England and America. I hope he does it.'

Ibrahimovic backs Beckham to deliver after PSG show their star quality in 4-0 rout of Toulouse

VIDEO: What has Becks signed up for PSG show their star quality in rout of Toulouse as Ibrahimovic backs former England captian to deliver in Paris

Sami Mokbel


22:19 GMT, 1 February 2013



08:08 GMT, 2 February 2013

New signing David Beckham may
struggle to win a place in the Paris St Germain team on the evidence of
their 4-0 demolition of mid-table Toulouse on Friday.

The Ligue 1 leaders, who signed
free-agent Beckham on Thursday, were without the former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder
as he had returned to England for extra training in a bid to sharpen his

Beckham has been without a club since winning the Major League Soccer title with Los Angeles Galaxy in December.

VIDEO: Scroll down to watch highlights of PSG's win over Toulouse

Clinical: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho heads home

Clinical: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho heads home

Beck and forth: Beckham missed the game to sharpen up his fitness

Sales pitch: But a Beckham shirt will cost you an eye-watering 100 on PSG website

He is due to begin training at PSG on February 13.

Carlo Ancelotti's PSG moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to Javier Pastore, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with his 20th goal on his 20th league appearance for the club, Mamadou Sakho and Gregory van der Wiel.

Brazil striker Lucas, another recent recruit, produced a fine performance and set up two of the goals.

PSG have 48 points from 23 games. Second-placed Olympique Lyon travel to AC Ajaccio on Sunday.

VIDEO: Watch highlights from PSG's 4-0 win over Toulouse

Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic has leapt to defence of David Beckham's after his new team-mate was called a 'third-hand Rolls-Royce'.

The 37-year-old has signed a five-month deal with Paris Saint-Germain, but his capture has not caused as much glee as you would expect, despite the former England captain pledging his 170,000-per-week wages to a Paris children's charity.

It is claimed Beckham will still receive a hefty image rights fee, and PSG are said to be paying for his accommodation and security in the capital. And his arrival in France was not particularly well received by the Parisian press yesterday.

Top man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates after scoring

Top man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates after scoring

Impressed: PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti

Impressed: PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti

Newspaper Le Figaro read: 'A special status can feed jealousy. In a dressing room where the offensive egos of players are struggling to live, the arrival of a third-hand Rolls-Royce, which becomes the main focus of media fascination, risks causing envy, while feeding a climate of discord.'

The paper also suggests players will be 'annoyed' by Becks and wife Victoria appearing in glossy magazines, but new teammate Ibrahimovic insists the global icon still has plenty to offer on the pitch.

He said: 'For a striker playing with somebody like David is a dream. He is the best deliverer of the ball in the world, still.

'If you make the good runs, you know he will find you. I am sure we will create something very special. David said that when he left the US, he had more offers than at any point in his career. The fact that he chose PSG says a lot about the project we have here.

'It is no longer just the big teams from Italy, Spain and England the top players want to come to – it is now us as well. It is excellent news for us that David is permitted to play in Europe. He still has so much to offer at that level, and his experience with Manchester United and Real Madrid will be vital.

'I am sure David wants to win the Champions League again before he retires.'

Tim Cahill wanted on loan by Sunderland, QPR, Tottenham and Newcastle

Premier League clubs queue up to sign Red Bulls star Cahill on-loan in January



12:42 GMT, 10 December 2012

A number of Barclays Premier League clubs are in the hunt to sign former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on loan from New York Red Bulls in January.

Last month the 33-year-old said he was keen to come back to England on a short-term deal when the Major League Soccer season had ended.

A return to Goodison Park seemed his most likely destination but Sunderland, Newcastle, Tottenham and QPR are also interested in signing the Australia international.

Star in New York: Tim Cahill moved to the Red Bulls in the summer

Star in New York: Tim Cahill moved to the Red Bulls in the summer

Cahill had huge success at Everton after signing from Millwall in 2004, scoring 56 goals in 226 games, before leaving this summer to join the Red Bulls.

He played 14 matches, scoring once, as the MLS club finished third in the Eastern Conference to reach the play-offs, where they were knocked out by DC United.

Wanted man: Cahill was a key player for Everton during his years at Goodison Park

Wanted man: Cahill was a key player for Everton during his years at Goodison Park

If he returns to the Premier League Cahill will be following the likes of Los Angeles Galaxy stars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, who have spent time on loan at Everton (twice) and Aston Villa respectively, and Red Bulls team-mate Thierry Henry who went back to Arsenal last year.

David Beckham pledges to continue MLS link after bowing out with LA Galaxy in style

Beckham pledges to continue MLS link after bowing out with LA Galaxy in style



01:46 GMT, 2 December 2012

David Beckham insists his personal involvement with Major League Soccer is not over after ending his five-year stay in the United States in style.

The former England captain bowed out after five years with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup final, with his side seeing off the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to take the trophy for the second year in a row.

Fond farewell: David Beckham's American odyssey ended with silverware

Fond farewell: David Beckham's American odyssey ended with silverware

It was a triumphant finale to 37-year-old Beckham's American odyssey, though when he made the move from Real Madrid in 2007 he had claimed he was partly motivated by the chance to promote his sport in the USA.

He has yet to reveal where he will play next, though he has no shortage of lucrative offers awaiting his attention. But regardless of his destination, he claims the MLS will remain important to him.

'This is very special for us. To win at our own home is fantastic,' he said.

Glory boys: Beckham and Robbie Keane lift the MLS Cup

Glory boys: Beckham and Robbie Keane lift the MLS Cup

'I always said I was going to stick by it. When I'm committed to something I'm committed to the end.

'It's sad that it is the end; this has been a special place for me and continues to be special to me.

'I'm happy to have been part of this for nearly six years and to have been successful with this club for four years.

'I'm going to continue my commitment to this league, this country and this sport. My commitment stays the same to growing this league and growing the sport in this country.'

Party time: Beckham and his tam-mates begin the celebrations

Party time: Beckham and his tam-mates begin the celebrations

Asked where he would be playing next, Beckham responded by playing to the fans in California's Home Deport Center.

'I have no idea, what's more important is that I'm happy I'm wearing this (Galaxy) uniform today.'

LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo live – David Beckham farewell

LIVE: LA Galaxy v Houston Dynamo – follow David Beckham's US farewell in the MLS Cup final



22:18 GMT, 1 December 2012

Tonight David Beckham plays his final match for Los Angeles Galaxy before leaving for one last challenge in football. Sportsmail will bring you all the latest news from the Home Depot Center as Beckham aims to leave on a high by defending the MLS Cup against Houston Dynamo.

18min Great chance! Beckham with a peach of a free-kick from the right and Mike Magee, five yards out, really should have found the net with a diving header.

Seconds later, Wilhelmsson appealing vocally for a penalty after racing clear. No chance, replied the referee.

16min Chance up the other end for Calen Carr who audaciously tries to flick the ball in from a left-wing cross. But he's a long way out and it sails comfortably over the bar.

14min A little delay while Houston's Brad Davis received attention from the physio. Becks really finding his range now, locating Wilhelmsson with a lovely ball out wide.

Update from our man in LA:

'Almost 15 minutes gone and Galaxy should be ahead. Beckham’s raking pass from his own half set Robbie Keane clear down the left. Keane did the right thing and squared the ball to Landon Donovan, who only had to slide it in to the net from ten yards. He didn’t. He side-footed it wide. I would have scored. Really, I would.'

12min What a chance missed by the Galaxy! Beckham, glorious 60-yard diagonal ball to Keane who sprints forward and puts it on a plate for Donovan. But, with the whole stadium ready to erupt, he slips it wide of the post. Very out of character for the former Everton man to miss that.

10min The Galaxy are enjoying the majority of possession now and feeling their way into the game. The Home Depot Center has a weird grassy area above one of the stands which is sparsely populated compared to the sold-out stands elsewhere.

7min First involvement for Robbie Keane, whose persistence created a half-chance for Landon Donovan, whose shot dribbles harmlessly to the goalkeeper.

Landon going for his fifth MLS title today.

5min Quick thinking from Beckham, who lofts a free-kick into the path of Christian Wilhelmsson. The ball skips away off the turf and into the hands of Hall.

4min it's been a nervy start for Saunders in net for the Galaxy, flapping at a couple of crosses. Ian Ladyman writes:

'We are underway at the Home Depot Center and Beckham is
sporting the most wonderful pair of pink boots. Just in case he is hard to pick
out. His first touch saw him dumped on his backside while it’s Houston who had
the first chance, midfielder Ricardo Clark – yes, the Ricardo Clark – seeing
his angles shot beaten away by Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders. The Houston
goalie, by the way, is called Tally Hall. I don’t know why I find that amusing,
I just do.'

1min First involvement for Beckham and he's brought down just inside the Houston half – nothing given.

Strong start from the Dynamo, with Ricardo Clark stinging the palms of LA Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders.


21.54 The commentators are discussing how this could also be Landon Donovan's farewell. But he's only 30, seven years younger than Beckham. If it is to be the case, his departure is likely to be part of a massive Galaxy post-season shake-up. There is speculation that Kaka is on his way over from Real Madrid and maybe even Frank Lampard from Chelsea.

21.52 Understandably given how they outnumber their visitors, the Galaxy fans can be heard loudest. They'll want to see one of these tonight:

21.49 There seems to be a whole legion of young mascots – each of the Galaxy players seems to have three each! No sightings of Victoria and the kids yet…

21.47 Here we go! The two teams are walking out, passing in front of the Galaxy fans behind one of the goals. Dramatic music sets the tone. Fireworks fizz into the sky from colourful flags.

Houston looking very Blackpool-like in their tangerine kits, while the Galaxy are in their traditional all-white.

21.46 Ian Ladyman updates us as we move closer to kick-off:

'It’s almost time for the teams to emerge here. The rain has stopped and the sun has come out. Maybe it is to be a golden farewell for Beckham, after all. Home advantage looks like being significant for Galaxy. The Houston fans are located in one tiny corner of the stadium and there only looks to be about 1500 or so of them. Welcome to a cup final the American way.'

Abide With Me, anyone

21.44 Here's a couple more homemade Beckham tribute efforts..

Nice one Dav... A tribute banner at the Home Depot, while the makers of this England flag (below) have made an early claim for his shirt

Nice one Dav… A tribute banner at the Home Depot, while the makers of this England flag (below) have made an early claim for his shirt

Fans with banners for LA Galaxy's David Beckham ahead of the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center,

21.40 Twenty minutes until the big kick-off and the stadium is almost full. Even the sun has come out, which will please Ian Ladyman. The home Ultras can be heard getting the atmosphere started.

21.37 This is Tinseltown, so there's bound to be a bit of celebrity interest. Here's actor Gerard Butler being shown to his seat (look how happy he looks):

Actor Gerard Butler arrives before the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, USA

21.33 And here, ladies and gentlemen, are your team line-ups:

LA Galaxy: (4-4-2) Saunders; Dunivant, Gonzalez, Meyer, Franklin, Magee, Juninho, Beckham, Wilhelmsson, Keane, Donovan

Subs: DeLagarza, Gaul, Noonan, Stephens, Sarvas, Perk, Buddle

Houston Dynamo: (4-4-2) Hall; Ashe, Taylor, Boswell, Sarkodie, Moffat, Clark, Davis, Garcia, Bruin, Carr

Subs: Weaver, Ching, Hainault, Kandji, Camargo, Deric, Barnes

21.32 Here's your stat pack for the match:

– This final sees two of the most successful MLS teams against each other – The Galaxy are competing in their eighth final and chasing a fourth win, which could match DC United for the most wins. The Dynamo are playing in the final for the fourth time in the seven year history of their franchise, having won it in 2006 and 2007.
– In the team's single meeting this season, on May 26, Houston won 2-1 at the BBVA Compass Stadium – Edson Buddle gave the Galaxy a tenth minute lead but an own goal from Mike Magee levelled the scores and Andre Hainault grabbed the winner after 57 minutes.
– This final is the meeting of the lowest combined seeds ever to reach the championship match – Galaxy finished fourth in the Western division, Houston were fifth in the Eastern.
– Their regular season head-to-head record is very close – Each has six wins apiece with four draws. The goals have been scored 19-18 in Houston's favour
– Houston will be looking to end a Western dominance in the competition, with nine of the last eleven finals going West.

21.23 But, of course, there are 21 other players on the field tonight, including Team USA's greatest ever forward Landon Donovan and another familiar name Robbie Keane, who has been in outstanding form.

Houston, meanwhile, have Glaswegian Adam Moffat in midfield, formerly of Ross County and Elgin City, and Ricardo Clark, whom you might recall from the 2010 World Cup.

Familiar faces: Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan (below) will feature up front for the LA Galaxy tonight

Familiar faces: Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan (below) will feature up front for the LA Galaxy tonight

Landon Donovan of the LA Galaxy

21.15 It may be all banners and tributes tonight, but remember that it wasn't so long ago that Beckham was being criticised by fans and teammates alike for being over-papped, over-paid and over here.

But he's slowly won them over, scoring 20 goals in his 116 LA Galaxy appearances over the last six years and helping them to three MLS Cup finals.

21.13 There's some history here… In fact, tonight's match is a rerun of last year's MLS Cup final, also played at the Home Depot. Here's a reminder of how that went:

21.09 But while most of us are hoping for a fantasy farewell for Beckham as he packs he bags for the south of France or wherever else he's wanted, this game isn't going to be easy.

The Galaxy have certainly struck form at the right time – after scraping into the play-offs following a fourth place finish in the Western Conference, they have overcome the Vancouver Whitecaps, San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders to make the final.

Meanwhile, Houston finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, meaning they had to overcome Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls and DC United to get this far.

21.05 The man of the moment has arrived, looking debonair as usual in his LA Galaxy suit. Meanwhile, all around the Home Depot, which is of course the home of the Galaxy, the supporters have prepared their own tributes.

Commeth the hour: David Beckham arrives at the Home Depot Center for the MLS Cup final and his farewell appearance for LA Galaxy

Commeth the hour: David Beckham arrives at the Home Depot Center for the MLS Cup final and his farewell appearance for LA Galaxy

Tributes: These Galaxy fans prepared a banner to pay tribute to their hero

Tributes: These Galaxy fans prepared a banner to pay tribute to their hero

Fans of LA Galaxy's David Beckham display banners before the MLS Cup Final at the Home Depot Center

21.02 Manchester to Madrid to Los Angeles (via short stop-offs in Preston and Milan)… That has been the career path of David Beckham over the past two decades.

Who knows what the future may hold – the man himself doesn't, as Ian Ladyman found out when he caught up with Becks at Galaxy training this week.

And our man in California has this to start setting the scene:

'It’s all rather ‘Manchester’ here in Los Angeles as kick-off approaches. The sun did show its face over Venice Beach this morning but it’s raining here in Carson as the supporters start to gather inside Home Depot. They are expecting a full-house of just over 30,000 and have even erected some temporary seating to squeeze a few more in. We hope it’s going to be worth it.'

21.00 The latest chapter in the tale of David Beckham has almost been written – but just one blank page remains.

Will it be the fairytale finale to his American adventure or a crushing disappointment that forces him to eek another few years out of those golden legs

A warm welcome to our coverage of the 2012 MLS Cup final between the LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo – Beckham's farewell appearance.

Kick-off is fast approaching and you won't miss a moment here with us.

Farewell: David Beckham will line up alongside Robbie Keane for a final time

Farewell: David Beckham will line up alongside Robbie Keane for a final time

David Beckham is not joining Spurs – Andre Villas-Boas

Sorry Jermain, Beckham's not joining Spurs! AVB delivers blow to Defoe's hopes of playing with England great



19:48 GMT, 30 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas this evening shattered Jermain Defoe's hopes of playing alongside David Beckham at Tottenham.

Defoe claimed earlier today that Beckham, who plays his final game for the Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend, would be welcomed to Spurs with open arms.

Tottenham tried to sign Beckham on loan two seasons ago during the MLS off-season but the deal fell through, although the former England captain did train with the north London club for six weeks.

Leaving LA: David Beckham (right) is set for his final Galaxy game

Leaving LA: David Beckham (right) is set for his final Galaxy game

Villas-Boas reckons that – even at 37 – Beckham is a top player, but insists he will not be offering him a contract.

'He is such a wonderful player,' the Tottenham manager said. 'The rhythm of the Premier League is intense but he has so much experience of it.

'He brings so much to English football. That's why everyone is anxious to see which move he is going to take.

'It would be good to have him back in Europe, but not here, no. I don't think so.'

Having won six Barclays Premier Leagues and one Champions League at Old Trafford, Beckham has previously stated he has no desire to play for another English top-flight club other than Manchester United.

However, that did not stop Defoe from earlier declaring the former Real Madrid should come to Tottenham.

Go get him: Jermain Defoe said Beckham would be a welcome addition at Spurs

Go get him: Jermain Defoe said Beckham would be a welcome addition at Spurs

The Spurs striker told Absolute Radio's Rock 'N' Roll Football: 'He can come to Spurs if he wants – we'll have him here.

'He's a fantastic player and I think a credit to the game.

'If you talk about someone that's done everything in a game and to still want to play and still have another challenge and still want to achieve something, when you've achieved so much, I think that's a special person.

'He's someone that I look up to, a legend in the game.'

Defoe is on the brink of surpassing Beckham's goal tally for England, with both on 17.

'Sorry Becks but I think I'll do it,' he said. 'One more goal. It would be nice, not because of overtaking people, but it's always nice to score goals for your country.

'It's something that I've always wanted to do and then, when you do it, it's the best thing in the world.'

David Beckham says he won"t play in the Premier League again

'After being at United I couldn't play in England again', Beckham rules out Premier League return



09:29 GMT, 29 November 2012

David Beckham has revealed he has numerous offers to continue playing after his Los Angeles Galaxy career ends this weekend, but the former England captain does not expect a return to the Barclays Premier League.

The 37-year-old will bring the curtain down on six seasons in Major League Soccer in Saturday's MLS Cup final against Houston, and clubs are already lining up to sign the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star.

Final farewell: David Beckham will play his last game for LA Galaxy this weekend

Final farewell: David Beckham will play his last game for LA Galaxy this weekend

'I'm lucky because at 37 years old, I've been offered some exciting options,' Beckham told Sky Sports News. 'I've got quite a few offers on the table.'

But asked if a return to England was on the cards, the childhood United fan was more cautious.

'I've always said I think I would struggle to come back and play in England because I've played for the biggest club in the world, the biggest club in England, Manchester United, and I couldn't see myself playing for any other Premiership team.

Silver lining: Beckham has the chance to win his second MLS Cup

Silver lining: Beckham has the chance to win his second MLS Cup

'But you never know. Like I said, we've got some exciting options on the table. I do think we'll be spending a little more time in England because it's good for the kids to see their grandparents.

'Over the last six years it's been difficult not seeing them as much as we'd like and they'd like, but we definitely won't be leaving LA for good.'

Beckham's reluctance to return to England to play could disappoint new QPR boss Harry Redknapp, who is among those to have been linked with an offer for the midfielder.

Red for life: Beckham says he could not play for another Premier League club having played for Manchester Untied

Red for life: Beckham says he could not play for another Premier League club having played for Manchester Untied

But Beckham said he appreciated all the praise that has come his way from Redknapp and others.

'What I'm really touched about is the fact that I've still got great managers like Harry, like (Paris St Germain coach) Carlo Ancelotti coming out and saying great things about me, not saying they would like to sign me, but saying nice things about me.

'I've spent a couple of months with Harry when I was training at Tottenham. He doesn't have to say the things that he says so it's nice that he talks about me in such a nice way.'

David Beckham quits LA Galaxy

Beckham eyes next move after revealing he is quitting LA Galaxy… but it is Australia, China or even England now


01:08 GMT, 20 November 2012



07:39 GMT, 20 November 2012

David Beckham is to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy – but has set his sights on one more challenge before retiring.

The 37-year-old is in line to end his six-year Galaxy stay in style as they defend their MLS Cup title against the Houston Dynamo on December 1.

He said: '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.

Time's up: Beckham wants to 'experience one last challenge' before hanging up his boots

Time's up: Beckham wants to 'experience one last challenge' before hanging up his boots

Beckham can expect the offers to start flooding in, particularly from growth leagues in Australia and China. There will also be some interest from England, although it is unlikely he will return there.

Australian club Melbourne Heart have confirmed they will try to lure Beckham to the A-League club.

Chief executive Scott Munn said the club planned to offer the midfielder a 10 week contract worth around 1million but they faced competition from at least two Australian clubs plus others from around the world.

Munn told Fox News: 'We're putting forward an offer, it's compelling and the opportunity is here for him to come here.

'That is absolutely legitimate. Let's let David get through next week, play the final of the MLS and hopefully he'll have a win. Then I'm sure he'll assess every offer.'

His final game will take place at the
Galaxy's own Home Depot Center, where he arrived on the American stage
as the first designated player in MLS back in 2007.

'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,' Beckham added.

'In my time here I have seen the
popularity of the game grow every year. 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.'

Landmark signing: Beckham has enjoyed five seasons with the LA Galaxy celebrating the MLS Cup in 2011 (below)

Landmark arrival: Beckham has enjoyed five seasons with then Galaxy celebrating the MLS Cup in 2011 (below)

Landmark signing: Beckham has enjoyed five seasons with the LA Galaxy celebrating the MLS Cup in 2011 (below)

American Dream: Beckham has helped change the face of the MLS

American Dream: Beckham has helped change the face of the MLS

Beckham had an option in his initial deal with the league that allowed him to take a future ownership role in a franchise.

Beckham's stint in Los Angeles brought success in the form of the Galaxy's third MLS Cup crown last year.

But he also faced repeated criticism
from some Galaxy fans, particularly early on in his stay, for a
perceived lack of commitment to the cause.

Two loan stints at AC Milan, during
the second of which he tore an Achilles tendon, as he attempted to keep
his place in the England team did little to help that perception, as
well as comments made while in Italy about the standard of football in

Two low points arrived back in 2009
when Beckham confronted a fan during a match after his every touch was
booed and attracted criticism from team-mate Landon Donovan.

Since then he has won over many
supporters, in no small part due to a dramatic upturn in form over the
last two seasons, and he was voted the league's best player by fans
earlier this year, although his detractors still remain, particularly
among the club's hardcore followers known as the LA Riot Squad.

Beckham was brought to America as
much for the effect of his brand as his on-field ability, and MLS
commissioner Don Garber believes he has been successful in helping to
grow the sport.

Famous faces: The former England skipper meets US president Barack Obama

Famous faces: The former England skipper meets US president Barack Obama

'When David Beckham signed with the LA Galaxy in 2007, he set out to help grow MLS and the sport of soccer in North America,' he said.

'There is no doubt that MLS is far more popular and important here and abroad than it was when he arrived.

'David has achieved great things on and off the field during his time with the Galaxy, and he will always be an important part of our history. We look forward to his continued involvement with the LA Galaxy and the league.'

Beckham's initial contract with the league included a clause allowing him to be involved in owning an expansion team down the line.

Beckham negotiated his deal to join the Galaxy while at Real Madrid at the start of 2007, when he was out of favour with then coach Fabio Capello.

In Spain he added one league title to the six he won in England with United, as well as one FA Cup and a Champions League title in 1999 during United's storied treble season.

Capello later made Beckham a big part his England team – after being sidelined and subsequently recalled by previous manager Steve McClaren – ensuring he became the country's most capped outfield player.

The Achilles injury suffered at Milan ruled him out of the 2010 World Cup, however, and he was surprisingly left out of Stuart Pearce's Great Britain Olympic squad this summer.

Beckham factfile

1975: Born Leytonstone, May 2.

1991: Joins Manchester United as trainee.

1992: Makes debut against Brighton in the League Cup on September 23. Wins FA Youth Cup.

1993: Signs professional contract at Old Trafford.

1995: Joins Preston on loan in February and scores two goals in five games.

1996: Helps United to Premier League and FA Cup double.
Scores goal of the season on opening day at Wimbledon, lobbing Neil Sullivan from the halfway line. Makes his England debut in the 3-0 win in Moldova.

1997: Collects another championship winners' medal, voted PFA Young Player of the Year.

1998: Scores first England goal, a free-kick against Colombia in Lens on June 26. Sent off in second-round penalty shoot-out defeat against Argentina.

1999: Helps United win the Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup after coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich with two late goals.
Runner-up in World Player of the Year awards, behind Rivaldo.

2000: May – Collects fourth championship winner's medal as United win title by a record 18 points.
November – Named England captain for the November friendly with Italy in Turin by stand-in boss Peter Taylor.

2001: May – Collects another Premier League title with United.
October – Curls in a 25-yard last-minute free-kick against Greece at Old Trafford to earn England a 2-2 draw and send them into World Cup finals.

2002: May 11 – Signs new three-year contract reported to be worth between 90,000 and 100,000 a week.
June 7 – Scores from the penalty spot in the World Cup group stage match against Argentina to seal a 1-0 win.
England bow out in the quarter-finals at the hands of eventual winners Brazil.

2003: February – Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson accidentally kicks a boot into Beckham's face in frustration at United's FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.
June 14 – Awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to football.
June 17 – United announce they have accepted a 25million bid from Real Madrid for Beckham, who agrees personal terms.

2004: June 24 – Misses a penalty as England lose to Portugal in a shoot-out in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals in Lisbon.

2005: November: Captains England for 50th time in friendly against Argentina in Geneva.
July 2 – Stands down as England captain.
August 11 – Dropped from squad for friendly against Greece, Steve McClaren's first match as manager.

2007: January 11 – Beckham announces he will leave Real Madrid and join Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy on a five-year contract in August.
January 13 – Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello says Beckham will never play for the club again.
May 26 – McClaren hands Beckham a shock England recall for matches against Brazil and Estonia.
June – Wins the La Liga title with Madrid, having won back his place in the team.
August 16 – Beckham scores his first goal for Galaxy on his full debut in the SuperLiga semi-final meeting with DC United with a trademark free-kick.

2008: March 26 – Wins 100th cap in the friendly against France.
October 30 – Milan announce Beckham will join them on loan on January 7, 2009.

2009: January 11 – Makes shock first start for Milan in 2-2 Serie A draw at Roma.
March 9 – AC Milan announce that under a unique 'timeshare' agreement, Beckham will stay with them in Italy until the end of the season, return to the Galaxy from July to October and then rejoin the Serie A club for the rest of the 2009-10 campaign.
March 28 – Comes on as a half-time substitute against Slovakia at Wembley to win his 109th cap and break Bobby Moore's record for an outfield player.
July 20, 27 – Twice confronts fans who gave him a hostile reception in his first home games after returning to the Galaxy.

2010: March 14 – Tears his Achilles tendon in AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo – an injury that rules him out of the World Cup.
June – Part of England's backroom staff for World Cup campaign which ends in second-round defeat to Germany.
August 11 – England career appears to be at an end when Capello tells ITV: 'Probably he is a little bit old.'

2011: November 20 – Wins the MLS Cup as the Galaxy beat Houston Dynamo 1-0 in the final.
December 31 – Five-year deal at the Galaxy expires.

2012: January 19 – Re-signs with the Galaxy.
June 28 – Announces he has not been included in Team GB's squad for the Olympic Games.
November 16 – Football Federation Australia claim a representative of Beckham approaches them with a view to the midfielder making a short-term move to the A-League in the MLS off-season. A Beckham spokesman says his client has “absolutely no plans to play in Australia”.
November 20 – Confirms he is to leave the Galaxy after MLS Cup on December 1.

David Beckham in talks to join Australian A-League

Is Becks heading Down Under Ex-England captain could join Heskey and Co in Oz


07:45 GMT, 16 November 2012



09:41 GMT, 16 November 2012

David Beckham could be set to make a stunning short-term move to the A-League after Football Federation Australia claimed it was in talks to bring the former England captain Down Under.

Beckham signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy in January, but could spend part of the Major Soccer League off-season in Australia.

The 37-year-old has previously joined AC Milan on loan between MLS seasons and the FFA said it had been approached by his management about the possibility of a deal to see him play in the the A-League.

Down Under: Beckham is seeking a move to Australia

Down Under: LA Galaxy star Beckham is seeking a move to Australia

The big-name players Becks could join

Alessandro Del Piero (age 37)
The 91-cap Italy legend recently sealed a move to Sydney FC after a glittering career in Serie A for Juventus.

Emile Heskey (age 34)
The much-maligned former England international has become an instant hit in Australia after joining the Newcastle Jets.

Shinji Ono (age 33)
The former Japan international signed for the Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal

'The approach from David Beckham's
people is another sign of how much the Hyundai A-League has grown in
stature on a global basis,' an FFA spokesperson said.

'Beckham is a superstar on the world
stage and he would be another massive signing for the Hyundai A-League
after the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono.

'But this approach remains at a very preliminary stage.'

Reports in Australia suggest that any move for Beckham would likely see him agree a 10-match stay.

A spokesman for Beckham however was
quick to refute the claim, saying: 'David is completely focused on the
MLS play offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy.

Emile Heskey

Alessandro Del Piero

Australian revolution: Heskey and Del Piero have recently moved to the A-League

'There's always enormous interest from clubs across world in signing David. He has absolutely no plans to play in Australia.'

Beckham could play his last Galaxy
game of the season this weekend when his side meet the Seattle Sounders
in the second leg of their Western Conference Championship play-off.

Centre of attention: Beckham's one-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy is due to expire in the next month

Eye on the ball: Beckham could be set to make a short-term move to Australia

The A-League's 'marquee' rule

Any move for Beckham would need to be part-funded by the FFA with the A-League clubs, who work under a salary cap, unlikely to be able to afford his demands.

Most of the Australian clubs have also already secured their marquee player – whose wages are not registered under the salary cap – for the new season, which began early last month.

Perth Glory have already stated an interest in Beckham and Lyall Gormal, executive chairman of new A-League franchise Western Sydney Wanderers, said the former Manchester United and Real Madrid would have obvious commercial appeal.

He told Sky Sports News: 'We haven't had formal or informal contact over this, but clearly we are aware of the iconic vale of David Beckham.

'Beckham is outstanding. We've seen him here before on a couple of occasions. There was an 80,000 sell-out at the Olympic Stadium and he was here with the Galaxy the year before last for a game against the Newcastle Jets.

'He would be a fantastic commodity to bring to Australia.'

David Beckham

David Beckham

No move: Melbourne Victory have already ruled out a move for the former England captain

On the contradictory statements from the FFA and the Beckham camp, Gormal added: 'It is puzzling isn't it

'My understanding is there have been
informal approaches to other clubs. One or two have already come out and
talked about their interest. 'Clearly there has been some informal
discussions so it is a bit puzzling.'

Galaxy meet the Seattle Sounders in the second leg of their Western Conference Championship play-off this weekend.

The Galaxy hold a 3-0 advantage after
Robbie Keane scored twice in the first leg. Should Beckham make the
move he would join the likes of former Juventus and Italy star Del Piero
and Heskey, who joined the A-League in the summer.

Head boy: A spokesperson for Beckham has dismissed the story

Head boy: A spokesperson for Beckham has dismissed the story

The Glory, last season's beaten grand
finalists, are yet to fill that position, however, and their chief
executive Paul Kelly immediately indicated they would be keen should
Beckham be available.

'We are always happy to speak to
players of the calibre of David Beckham, who would be great for the
Hyundai A-League as illustrated by the effect of Alessandro Del Piero,
Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono,' he said.

'At the end of the day it's the
coach, Ian Ferguson who makes these decisions and we as a club, have a
process that we follow when recruiting players.

'But we would be mad not to seriously consider David Beckham.'

Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou has ruled out making an approach for Beckham.

'That's great if he is coming,' Victory manager Ange Postecoglou told local media. 'Would we be interested Nah.'

Western Sydney Wanderers executive chairman Lyall Gorman told Fairfax Media: 'If we were approached, we would go through the normal process. 'We've had no approaches at all. We don't speculate on those things until they come across our table.'

Amir Khan: Lose Carlos Molina fight and Floyd Mayweather dream is over

Lose against Molina and dream of Pacquiao or Mayweather fight is over, admits Khan



17:47 GMT, 31 October 2012

Amir Khan believes he must score a convincing win in his comeback against unbeaten Carlos Molina next month or kiss goodbye to any chance of super-fights against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

Khan's career has lurched dangerously off course in the past 11 months, with his deeply controversial points defeat to Lamont Peterson last December followed by a crushing fourth round knockout loss against Danny Garcia in July.

Those twin setbacks have left Khan with no margin for error as he prepares to face Molina in the American’s backyard at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on December 15.

Comeback: Amir Khan (second left) fights Carlos Molina (second right) on December 15

Comeback: Amir Khan (second left) fights Carlos Molina (second right) on December 15

Fighting talk: Khan speaks during a media conference for his upcoming fight

Fighting talk: Khan speaks in Los Angeles on Wednesday during a media conference for his upcoming fight

'There’s always pressure when I fight but I definitely have to win this because if I lose, I’m done,' Khan said. 'This is a fight I need to win, 100 per cent. If I don’t win it I’m done. It’s that simple. The big super-fights I’ve always dreamed about won’t be there if I lose this. Pacquiao, Mayweather — forget it'

In an attempt to revitalize his fortunes, Khan took the bold step of ditching revered trainer Freddie Roach in favour of the quietly-spoken San Francisco-based Virgil Hunter.

The 25-year-old Bolton light welterweight has been in camp at Hunter’s gym in Oakland and is reveling in the austere surroundings, where Hunter’s house rules a ban on swearing.

'It’s a very tight community in that gym. You need to have people there you trust. Virgil keeps it very limited and that’s what I like about it,' Khan said. 'You’re not bothered about who’s watching, you’re not training for a crowd, or fans.'

A whole lot of glove: Molina signs autographs at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Wednesday

A whole lot of glove: Local boy Molina signs autographs at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

Khan was forced into an impromptu sparring session in early October when a gang of thugs attempted to steal a Ranger Rover he had been driving with his brother in Birmingham.

The confrontation ended abruptly with one of the would-be thieves being knocked out cold by Khan.

'I walked out of this caf and I opened the car door and these guys jumped in the car ahead of me and said “This ain’t your car mate,”' Khan said.

'It was a courtesy car I’d be given so at first I did a double take and thought, “Maybe it’s not my car”. Then I saw something in the back seat that I’d put there and I knew it was my car. Then the guys started saying – “We’re not getting out the car. You’re going to have to buy it off us”. I had the car keys so I wasn’t too worried. I thought it was a joke. But then it got a bit serious and one guy came out aggressively and said “What are going to do” And he jabbed me in the face. It wasn’t hard. He barely scratched me really. He tried to swing again and I knocked him out.

Golden Boy: Fight promoter Oscar De La Hoya builds up the light welterweight fight

Golden Boy: Fight promoter Oscar De La Hoya builds up the light welterweight fight

'I hated it to be honest with you. I never fight outside the ring. We’re born fighters, we’re taught how to fight.

'So when someone tries to fight you they’re making a big mistake. That’s when it got messy because they came out with baseball bats and sticks and smashed the rear window. They must have been drunk or high or something.'

Meanwhile Khan, who is engaged to New York student Faryal Makhdoom, has shrugged off revelations about his private life after allegations in The Sun he had been partying hard with other women in Marbella in August.

Khan insisted his fiance trusted him.

The wrong man to mess with: Khan revealed how he was forced to fight off a gang who tried to steal his car

The wrong man to mess with: Khan revealed how he was forced to fight off a gang who tried to steal his car

'She’s cool, she knows the truth because I didn’t do anything honestly,' Khan said. 'She doesn’t believe anything that the papers say because I’m honest to her. I don’t lie and she knows there’s always going to be stuff written about me.

'It’s a distraction when you’re preparing for a fight. But my fiance and my family haven’t really spoken to me about it.'