Beckham set to stay in LA after rejecting PSG

David Beckham is set to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy after

turning down a chance to join Paris Saint-Germain, the French club

said Tuesday.

After weeks of negotiations with PSG, the 36-year-old midfielder

and former England captain decided he doesn’t want to move his

family from the United States.

”David Beckham is not coming,” PSG President Nasser

al-Khelaifi said at the Qatar Open tennis tournament. ”We feel a

little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that

we not do the deal … maybe in the future.”

Beckham’s five-year contract with the Galaxy ended after he won

his first MLS Cup in November. He was wooed by several clubs across

Europe.

”David Beckham is (with) Los Angeles,” al-Khelaifi said. ”And

he’s going to stay there.”

Beckham will try to finalize a new, improved rolling one-year

contract this week with the Galaxy, which was paying him an annual

base salary of $6.5 million.

French media had reported that Beckham would have been paid

almost double that at PSG, whose Qatari owners have spent more than

$100 million on players during six months in charge.

Beckham and wife Victoria, a former member of the ”Spice

Girls,” moved to California in 2007 after four years at Real

Madrid.

The celebrity couple now have four children and decided during a

Christmas break in England that they did not want to move back to

Europe permanently.

”I’m very proud of the time that I’ve spent with the Galaxy and

it might continue,” Beckham stressed recently.

The Galaxy’s recent success and the signing of Ireland captain

Robbie Keane have shown Beckham that the LA club can meet his

ambitions during the final years of his career, which began at

Manchester United.

Beckham is also a regular starter with the Galaxy, whose new

season begins in March. He has expressed hope of playing for

Britain’s football team at the London Olympics as one of three

players above the age of 23.

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AP Sports Writer Rob Harris in London contributed to this

report.