David Beckham: Paris St-Germain ready to make offer

By Ben SmithBBC Sport
Beckham wants a new challenge

Paris St-Germain are among a host of leading clubs ready to offer David Beckham the final challenge of his illustrious career.

Beckham, intends to make a decision on his future by mid-December.

He has received offers from Russia, China, Australia and Brazil.

The 37-year-old said he had a number of "exciting opportunities" available to him but would only make a decision after discussing it with his family.

"Retirement is something I'm not thinking about yet," said the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder.

"I still feel I can take on another challenge, what that will be I don't know."

It is understood Beckham will only accept an offer which would see him play regular first-team football.

The former England captain intends to use the time between now and the end of his contract with Galaxy to weigh up his many options.

PSG offered Beckham a multi-million pound contract to move to Paris last November but he opted not to accept the offer because of family reasons.

But having led Galaxy to a second successive MLS Cup Final, Beckham now feels the time is right to move on, saying he wants to "experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career".

A number of leading clubs in Brazil and Russia have made their interest known, while the opportunity to play in China is understood to be under consideration. Among the offers is interest from South Africa.

Melbourne Heart claim they are in talks with Beckham over a "10-game stint" in Australia, despite his camp saying he had "no plans" to play in the A League.

However the lure of Paris may prove hard to turn down.

As well as living in Paris, there would be the chance to be a part of another highly ambitious project as PSG, under Qatari ownership, seek to earn a place in European football's elite.

Beckham joined Manchester United as a 14-year-old and went on to make 398 appearances for the club, winning six Premier League titles and the Champions League.

He moved to Real Madrid in a £25m deal in 2003, winning the La Liga title in 2007 just weeks before his switch to the United States.

But after six years at the American Major League Soccer (MLS) club, Beckham announced his intention to quit after the season-ending MLS Cup final on 1 December.

The midfielder did however insist his links with MLS would continue should he join another league.

"I don't see this as the end of my relationship with the league as my ambition is to be part of the ownership structure in the future," he said.

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