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David Beckham hints at competitive return

By Robert Dex

David Beckham yesterday hinted that he might come out of retirement to continue his football career.

The former England captain, who retired last year aged 38 after a short stint playing in France for Paris Saint Germain, admitted he had "a tough time" after calling a halt to his career.

Appearing in the new BBC documentary David Beckham: Into The Unknown, he said he had gone through "a stage of enjoying the rest" but was now tempted to go back.

He said: "Now I go to watch a basketball game and when you are watching athletes play at the top of their game, for me it gives me that itch again.

"That itch wants to be back in the game again and I start thinking to myself 'Could I play again? Could I go back? Could I come out of retirement and start playing again?"'

Beckham is currently trying to launch his own Major League Soccer team in Miami and hinted that he might turn out for the franchise.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who also had a spell in Italy with AC Milan, said: "There's never been a player-owner before, but maybe?"

Beckham travelled 800 miles (1,287km) into the Amazon rainforest for 12 days to make the documentary, which goes out at 8.30pm on BBC One next Monday evening.

He was joined by three friends as they flew into Rio de Janeiro and then continued their journey by motorbike, canoe and plane to meet the remote Yanomami tribe before spending the night in their isolated village and learning how they survive.

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