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AEG, Galaxy Forming Strategic Alliance With EPL Club Tottenham Hotspur

AEG plans to foster more of a relationship between the Galaxy, Tottenham going forward
AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke yesterday said that the MLS Galaxy and EPL club Tottenham Hotspur are "forging a strategic alliance" that could lead to "players crossing the Atlantic in both directions," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. AEG has partnered with Tottenham to bid for rights to the London Olympic Stadium after the '12 Games, and Galaxy MF David Beckham "has been training" with the EPL club during the MLS offseason. Leiweke said, "We have an existing relationship now with Tottenham where we are beginning to think outside the box on football and how we do things together on football. Whether that's David Beckham training (with Spurs) or maybe players from Tottenham coming to the Galaxy, playing games against each other. Strategically you'll see more of an alliance between us and Tottenham long term." Leiweke added that AEG "encouraged Beckham to go to Tottenham because of the relationship" with Tottenham Chair Daniel Levy. He added, "There are other examples of conversations we've had with Daniel in how to take that kind of cooperation and now extend it to our team in the United States. You are going to hear more about that in the future but part of what has been created here is a strategic alliance between AEG and Tottenham on thinking about how we can be involved in Tottenham the football club" (REUTERS, 2/9). Leiweke yesterday also revealed that the decision not to allow Beckham to play for Tottenham this season "had been his." Leiweke: "I am the one who made the decision about asking David to come back and play a full season of Major League Soccer because we haven't been able to do that, whether due to loans or injury" (PA, 2/9).
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