Becks not joining Emile Down Under.
David Beckham has “no plans” to play in the A-League after the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) claimed preliminary talks had taken place with the former England captain.
The FFA said in a statement on Friday that they had been approached by the LA Galaxy midfielder’s management over a possible short-term move to Australia.
A number of A-League clubs are understood to have made offers.
But a Beckham spokesperson said: “There are no plans to play in Australia.”
Beckham signed a new two-year deal with LA Galaxy in January, but could be available for loan when the MLS season ends in a fortnight.
Perth Glory chief executive Paul Kelly says the club would be interested in signing Beckham.
“We are always happy to speak to players of the calibre of David Beckham,” he said.
“At the end of the day it’s the coach, Ian Ferguson who makes these decisions and we have a process that we follow when recruiting players.
“But we would be mad not to seriously consider David Beckham.”
However, Beckham’s spokesperson says the former Manchester United player’s focus is solely on his career at LA Galaxy.
“David is completely focused on the MLS play offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy,” the spokesperson added.
“There is always enormous interest from clubs across the world in signing David as a player.”
What a shame!
For a few glorious hours it looked as though one of the undisputed greats of the English game – David Beckham – would be joining another undisputed great, Emile Heskey, in the Australian A-League.
Heskey, formerly of the likes of Wigan, Aston Villa and Liverpool, joined Newcastle Jets in September and has made a cracking start to life Down Under, scoring 5 times in 6 matches – the same number he managed in his last two years in the Premier League!
The 34-year-old’s start in Oz suggests that the A-League is probably a similar standard to League Two but, even so, Australia is attracting more stars than ever before, with Italian great Alessandro del Piero joining Sydney FC over the summer despite interest from Liverpool.
To lure a superstar as prominent as Beckham, however, would certainly be a coup for the Australian league and may help do for Australia what Golden Balls has done for MLS, which has seen the likes of Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane arrive stateside since he joined La Galaxy.
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