David Beckham considered offers from Paris, the Premiership and beyond.
He decided nothing was better than his adopted home with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The English superstar formally returned to his MLS club Thursday with a new two-year contract, vowing to win more trophies with the Galaxy while preparing to own an MLS franchise when his career ends. He’ll also be free to play at the Olympics if he’s chosen for Britain’s national squad.
After the excitement died down from the Galaxy’s run to the league title last fall during Beckham’s most impressive MLS season, the midfielder made his final decision to stay in Hollywood on New Year’s Eve over a glass of wine with his wife, Victoria.
“We’ve been happy here for the last five years, and we felt, why change something that works?” Beckham asked a packed room at Staples Center. “Los Angeles has been amazing to us as a family, so we’re going to continue to enjoy it. ... We knew the first day that we arrived here that it would be a place that we’d spend many years, and I wasn’t wrong.”
The Beckhams’ four children are comfortable living in Southern California, and he felt his family’s well-being outweighed the intrigue of bigger offers from unnamed Premiership clubs or Paris Saint-Germain, which aggressively courted him in recent weeks.
“At 36 years old, to still have the offers that were being thrown at me, you have to look at all options,” Beckham said.