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David Beckham has ruled out a future in management when he finally hangs up his boots.

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The 36-year-old former England star is weighing a number of contract offers to continue playing as his five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy comes to a close, and while Beckham insists his hunger to play is as strong as ever, he has no ambitions to move into management once he does call it a day.

Beckham spoke to the Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper during the Galaxy's post-season tour of Australia, and revealed he had not enjoyed working as an assistant England boss Fabio Capello at the last World Cup.

"I didn't like it at all," he said. "I don't know how managers and coaches do it. I love working with kids and coaching kids, but being a manager is one of those things that has never interested me. I enjoyed being part of that whole experience, but being on the sidelines was difficult."

Beckham revealed he has received several offers to continue playing, not only from Paris St Germain but from other clubs, adding that he will not be rushed on a decision.

"I have got a big decision to make now," he said. "I said I wanted to wait until the end of the season and it is the end of the season now, so I need to take some down time and decide what I need to do next.

"I'd have to decide in the next few weeks, maybe before Christmas, maybe just after. But I'm going to take my time. It's a big decision.

"I've had other offers (besides PSG), which is nice, especially when you're 36, some people would say towards the end of my career. I've got options and offers but I'm still a Galaxy player right now and that might not change."

One part of Beckham's decision is the desire to be fit to play for Great Britain at next summer's Olympics.

"I hope to be part of the Great Britain team," he said. "Everyone knows how passionate I am about playing for my country and to represent my country in an Olympics would be pretty incredible, especially as the Olympics is in a part of London where I grew up as a kid."

Beckham could opt to remain with the Galaxy who have offered a new deal, but if he does leave Beckham said he will look back on his time in America as a huge success.

"(It's been) amazing," he added. "It's been such a great experience on and off the field. Off the field I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to be part of a league that was growing, I wanted to see the interest grow and we've seen that in the last five years. I wanted to be successful on the field, whether it's my last year or not, and we won the championship, which was nice.

"I knew that this league and this sport could grow in this country, but I didn't expect it to grow as it has in the last few years. I've seen the interest levels go up. Now the MLS is talked about around the whole world, which it wasn't before, so it's been nice to see the growth."
 

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