Beckham To Decide Future Next Week After Receiving 12 Offers From Around World
David Beckham will "make a decision on his future next week" after receiving 12 formal offers from around the world, according to Martyn Ziegler of the PA. However, the former England captain is "not expected to return" to the Premier League. Beckham has been made offers from Europe, South America, North America, South Africa, Russia, China and the Middle East. Beckham is expected to "sit down with his advisors next week and go through the offers in detail." Beckham is "viewing his next move as potentially his last as a player." Those close to Beckham said that "he is attracted by the prospect of playing at a high level or in an environment where his presence would have a similar impact" as when he first moved from Real Madrid to the Major League Soccer L.A. Galaxy (PA, 1/9). The BBC reported Beckham will "base his family in London wherever he ends up." French Ligue 2 side Monaco is "understood to have ended" its interest in Beckham after "holding talks" (BBC, 1/9).
QATAR INTEREST: In London, Rob Beasley reported Beckham has been "offered a bumper two-year deal to join the Qatar Stars League." A Qatar source said, "When it comes to money offers, Qatar is the biggest by far. Senior figures in the Q League feel Beckham has the total package, and they need to up the interest in the game there around the world." A "lucrative, long-term PR role as an ambassador for the Qatar 2022 World Cup could also follow" (SUN, 1/9).
SORTING THE OFFERS: In London, Sami Mokbel reported Beckham's representatives are "compiling a dossier" from Beckham's offers in recent weeks. The option of retiring from football is "not being considered at the moment, though that could be explored if none of the options excite his interest." Queens Park Rangers and West Ham are "both keen on Beckham," but it is "highly unlikely that he will join a London club" (DAILY MAIL, 1/9).