Beckham to re-join Galaxy on two-year deal

Updated: Jan 19, 2012, 09:50 AM IST

London: Former England captain David Beckham will be returning to the LA Galaxy on a fresh two-year contract, the Major League Soccer (MLS) team said.

Beckham`s initial five-year deal ended after the Galaxy won the 2011 MLS Cup and there had been speculation the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was considering offers from Paris St. Germain and a number of English clubs.

However, Paris St Germain said earlier this month the Englishman would not be joining the big-spending Ligue 1 soccer club due to family reasons.

"This was an important decision for me," Beckham, 36, said in a statement. "I had many offers from clubs from around the world, however, I`m still passionate about playing in America and winning trophies with the Galaxy.”

"I`ve seen first-hand how popular soccer is now in the States and I`m as committed as ever to growing the game here. My family and I are incredibly happy and settled in America and we look forward to spending many more years here."

Beckham joined the Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007 amid a wave of publicity, signing a league record $6 million a year contract with MLS hoping his high-profile would attract bigger crowds, more sponsors and more mainstream media attention.

However, Beckham faced criticism for his decision to travel back to Europe for England commitments and for his loan move to AC Milan in Italy, which ended in a serious injury.

An Achilles tendon injury wrecked his contribution to the Galaxy in 2010 and cost him a place in England`s World Cup squad at the World Cup in South Africa.

Last year, though, the critics were unable to find any cause for complaint.

Bureau Report