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Friday 22 August 2014

David Beckham rules out UK return

David Beckham

David Beckham has revealed it is "unlikely" he will be returning to the UK.

The British soccer star is preparing to play his final game for Los Angeles Galaxy this weekend, after announcing he is leaving the club. Speculation has been rife about where he and wife Victoria will be living, with clubs across the world registering interest in signing the player.

Although Victoria has been spotted visiting houses and schools in London this week, David insists there is little chance the family will be returning home yet.

The former Manchester United star admits he would struggle to play against the club he has supported since childhood.

"I'm lucky because at 37 years old, I've been offered some exciting options. I've got quite a few offers on the table," he told Sky Sports News "I've always said I think I would struggle to come back and play in England because I've played for the biggest club in the world, the biggest club in England, Manchester United, and I couldn't see myself playing for any other Premiership team. But you never know."

Although David appeared to rule out playing in England, the star wants to visit his home country once his contract ends. He is keen for his four children to spend some time with their grandparents, sparking rumours the family could celebrate Christmas in the UK next month.

"Like I said, we've got some exciting options on the table. I do think we'll be spending a little more time in England because it's good for the kids to see their grandparents," he explained. "Over the last six years it's been difficult not seeing them as much as we'd like and they'd like, but we definitely won't be leaving LA for good."

David has been linked to clubs in Paris and New York City as well as England, China and Australia.

Victoria is said to be worried about what the future holds for her family, with her spouse still deciding which club to sign with.

"She is, and always has been, a very loyal wife, but it's going to be a few weeks until he makes any decisions, so Victoria must feel like she's in limbo," a source explained to British magazine Look. "She has no idea what the next two years are going to hold, especially if David accepts one of the offers in Europe or outside of the US."

The pop star-turned-fashion designer has reportedly grown fond of her LA lifestyle.

It is claimed that Victoria is keen for David to stay in the US, and ideally has her eye on relocating to New York City or Paris, which would boost her fashion aspirations.

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