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D-Day looms for Beckham

SoccerNews in MLS 18 Nov 2011

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David Beckham said winning the MLS Cup on Sunday with LA Galaxy will not influence his decision on his playing future.

Galaxy tackle Houston Dynamo in the MLS season showdown on Sunday and Beckham’s contract with the Los Angeles club expires in December.

But he reiterated that the final decision on his future would only come after the championship match, “once I get a bit of rest and see where I am”.

“I’ve always said it’s down to how I feel physically,” Beckham said.

“My No. 1 priority always is my family and are they happy.”

“We love living here (in LA) and we’ve loved living here for five years and we continue to love that part of it. But it will be down to how I feel physically.”

“I’m 36 years old, but I still love the game like I was 21 years old.”

Although Beckham missed practice on Thursday in a “precautious” move – LA manager Bruce Arena said the Englishman had a cold – the Englishman says that overall he’s “feeling good”.

Beckham credits the former US coach with bringing much-needed stability to the Galaxy and praised him for making the past three seasons the best of his five-year stay.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have played under some of the best coaches in the game and Bruce is definitely up there,” he said.

“My experience especially in the last three years has been amazing. … It’s gone by very quickly. To look back and see I’m in my fifth year already. It’s gone really quick.”

“Of course I want to win the Cup on Sunday,” he said, “but it’s more important for the club that we win the cup on Sunday than myself.”

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