David Beckham will not play in Paris
DOHA, Qatar - The Associated Press
England superstar David Beckham and his family will not leave Los Angeles. AFP photoDavid Beckham is set to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy after turning down a chance to join Paris Saint-Germain, the French club said yesterday.
After weeks of negotiations with PSG, the 36-year-old midfielder and former England captain decided he doesn’t want to move his family from the United States.
“David Beckham is not coming,” PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi said at the Qatar Open tennis tournament. “David Beckham is in Los Angeles, and he’s going to stay there.”
Beckham will try to finalize a new, improved deal this week with the Galaxy, which was paying him an annual base salary of $6.5 million.
French media had reported that Beckham would have been paid almost double that at PSG, whose Qatari owners have spent more than $100 million on players during six months in charge.
Beckham and wife Victoria, a former member of the “Spice Girls,” moved to California in 2007. The celebrity couple now have four children and decided during a Christmas break in England that they did not want to move back to Europe.