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Beckham refutes Australia rumors

LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham dismisses move to Australia's A-League.
LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham dismisses move to Australia's A-League.
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David Beckham's management company says the former England captain has no plans to play in Australia.

Football Federation Australia said Friday it had received an approach by an agent representing the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder to play some matches with an A-League team this season.

But Beckham's management company responded by saying: ''There is always enormous interest from clubs across the world in signing David as a player. There are absolutely no plans to play in Australia.''

The statement added that the 37-year-old Beckham'' is completely focused on the MLS play offs and winning another championship with the Galaxy.''

Beckham joined the Galaxy in 2007 after a career at Manchester United and Real Madrid turned him into one of football's biggest stars.

He signed a two-year deal with the Galaxy in January, but has yet to commit to playing next season in Major League Soccer. The current campaign ends in two weeks.

The denial from Beckham's representatives came after FFA chief executive David Gallop went public with details of the apparent direct talks to bring him to Australia on a short-term basis.

''I spoke to the player's agent today and said to him it would be fantastic,'' Gallop told Australian broadcaster Fox Sports. ''There would be some hoops to jump through. Clubs need to come forward and be the first point of contact.

''What we're thinking about is a guest stint. It would be fantastic but we're not getting ahead of ourselves at this point. The most I can say is we are talking about a 10-game guest stint and obviously that might whet his appetite to come back.''

The profile of Australia's league has been raised by the arrivals this year of former Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney FC) and former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey (Newcastle).

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