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By ESPN Staff
Jan 11, 2007

Beckham in talks with LA Galaxy over MLS switch

David Beckham's representatives are in talks over a move to Major League Soccer franchise Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche said today.

According to Courtemanche, officials from Anschutz Entertainment Group, parent company of LA Galaxy, are in ongoing discussions with representatives of Beckham, who is out of contract at Real Madrid in the summer.

According to ABC News show 'Good Morning America' the 31-year-old Real Madrid starhas said: 'I've played now for two of the biggest clubs in the world. I've played at the highest level for 15 years, and now I think I need another challenge.'

It is understood the Galaxy have already submitted an offer to Beckham, whose current deal with Real runs out at the end of June, as have other major clubs in Britain and Italy with reports suggesting that as many as 10 clubs have made approaches for the former Manchester United winger.

The future of the world's most famous footballer's has been shrouded in doubt for the last few months, especially after Real coach Fabio Capello this week dropped him from the squad - the first time it has happened to Beckham since he moved from Manchester United in July 2003.

Courtemanche said: 'AEG, and specifically the Los Angeles Galaxy from MLS, are speaking to his representatives and I have seen the reports where clearly he is continuing his talks with Real Madrid and clubs throughout the world. But that is a question for David and his representatives.'

'Reports that he has signed a contract are simply not true at this time.

'It's an ongoing process and clearly if David Beckham decided to sign a contract to play in MLS with Los Angeles Galaxy, we will let people know as soon as that occurs.'

'He has a relationship with AEG, which owns the Los Angeles Galaxy, he is partners with them in his academy, but whether he's in position or not (for a move to LA Galaxy) is a question for his representatives,' Courtemanche added.

'The only understanding I have is that we're one of many that are speaking to his representatives, and we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

'(Talks started this month) under FIFA guidelines from January 1.'

Courtemanche did not know whether it would be likely that Beckham would sign a pre-contract agreement or whether any deal would be concluded in the summer.

Beckham's representatives were due to start a fresh round of talks over a new two-year deal at Real Madrid today.

The 31-year-old former England captain has been in and out of the side this season, and rumours escalated yesterday about Beckham's future following an interview given by Real sporting director Predrag Mijatovic on Sky Italia.

Mijatovic was initially quoted as suggesting Beckham's contract would not be renewed although it later transpired he had not understood the question put to him.

AEG are one of the most influential companies in United States soccer, and own the LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo franchises and this week sold DC United.