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Beckham could extend Galaxy stay

SoccerNews in MLS 13 Apr 2011

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English superstar David Beckham has hinted he may return to Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy for yet another season.

Beckham is into his fifth year in Los Angeles after making the permanent switch from Spanish club Real Madrid, and by all accounts has enjoyed his sojourn in the United States immensely.

The 35-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the 2011 campaign, which concludes in November at the MLS Cup, and the Englishman is remaining coy about his future plans.

But speaking to reporters prior to Galaxy’s visit to Toronto FC on Wednesday, Beckham let slip that he may sign on the dotted line for another season.

“Yeah, you know, there’s a chance,” Beckham said. “I haven’t made any decision about what I’m going to do after this year.”

“At the end of the day, I am 35 years old, I’ll be 36 in May and I’m getting older, so I’ll need to see how my body feels at the end of the season, and if I feel that I can perform and continue, then I will continue.”

“In a few months I will think about what I want to do and (decide). I still love the game like I did when I was 21 years old and I still feel fit. I look after myself.”

One motivation for Beckham to stay at the club beyond his current deal could be the lure of the MLS Cup, a trophy the midfielder has not yet held in his four years in the US.

The closest the Galaxy have come is a runner-up finish to Real Salt Lake in 2009.

Asked if he would consider his time in the MLS a disappointment if he left without tasting the league’s highest success, Beckham was unequivocal in his response.

“I think it’s always disappointing when you don’t win trophies, but no (I wouldn’t),” he said.

“Overall, I’ve enjoyed my time here. I have lots of friends throughout the league, throughout the teams I’ve played against and I think that it’s been very enjoyable.”

The Galaxy, two-time defending Western Conference champions, are third on the table with eight points from five games.

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