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Jan, 18, 2012

Beckham signs new LA Galaxy deal

Former England captain David Beckham has re-signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, agreeing a new two-year contract with the Major League Soccer club.

Beckham, 36, signed the deal on Wednesday night after rejecting a move to PSG earlier this month, claiming he did not want to unsettle his family with a move from the USA to Europe.

In a statement, Beckham said: "I had many offers from clubs from around the world, however, I'm still passionate about playing in America and winning trophies with the Galaxy."

"I've seen firsthand how popular soccer is now in the States and I'm as committed as ever to growing the game here," Beckham said. "My family and I are incredibly happy and settled in America and we look forward to spending many more years here."

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is in line to represent Great Britain at this summer's London Olympics and needs to be playing regularly.

Beckham ended his existing five-year deal with LA Galaxy with an MLS Cup title in November, his best season since joining the club in 2007.

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said: "I am thrilled that David has chosen to rejoin the Galaxy, especially as he had numerous options where he could continue his career. I felt that he was one of the best players in all of MLS last season and we could not have achieved the success that we did without him."

Beckham's business manager Simon Fuller added: "When David and I discussed making the move from Real Madrid to the LA Galaxy back in 2007, our minds were firmly focused on the massive opportunity of helping to grow soccer in the United States.

"We have made great progress over the past five years in raising the profile of soccer domestically and the MLS on a worldwide stage, and we are encouraged by all the results.

"However, clearly this is an ongoing mission and this new deal confirms our commitment to continuing our journey and making sure the world's biggest sport, soccer, continues to grow in the world's most passionate sports loving nation, the USA."

The LA Galaxy return to competitive action on March 7 when they travel to face Toronto FC in the first leg of their 2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final. Their first game of the 2012 MLS season is on Saturday, March 10 at home to Real Salt Lake.

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