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Dec 6, 2011

Beckham exits Australia with no firm plans

David Beckham has left the building.

But speculation over his next playing destination following his Australia sojourn with LA Galaxy is heating up, with a French newspaper saying his keenest suitors Paris Saint-Germain have found a suitable school for his children.

Beckham flew out of Melbourne on Wednesday after what is expected to be the last match of his American adventure - the Galaxy's penalty shootout win over Melbourne Victory in an exhibition game.

He is considering a return to Europe to take up a huge offer from Paris Saint-Germain - now controlled by the Qatar royal family.

French newspaper Le Parisien claims PSG have identified the British School of Paris as an ideal place for 12-year-old Brooklyn, nine-year-old Romeo and six-year-old Cruz to study.

Le Parisien also claims that PSG have acquired two luxury properties for the Beckhams - a townhouse in the city centre and a villa in the Yvelines region west of Paris.

Beckham has virtually ruled out any move back to England to play, saying a return to the Premier League is unlikely.

While the 36-year-old admits there are Premier League offers, he says going back to England would always be complicated by his love for and long association with Manchester United.

But next year's Olympic football tournament could provide the opportunity to make a brief return to playing in England and bring full circle a career which started as a boy growing up in east London - where the Games will be held.

"I'm a Man United fan through and through and it would always be difficult for me to go back and play in the Premiership for any other team except for Manchester United," Beckham said.

"I'm a Leytonstone boy, the east end of London is where I grew up, and the Olympics would be something I'd love to be part of that.

"To represent my country in the part of London where I grew up would be pretty special.

"My grandad played on Hackney Marshes, my dad played on Hackney Marshes. So it would be special."

Beckham said Christmas shopping in England was top of his post-season agenda following the completion of his Galaxy contract, with a decision on his new club likely to wait until the New Year.

He turned back the clock during Tuesday night's match at Etihad Stadium with an audacious lob from inside his own half on 13 minutes which just missed - reminiscent of the 1996 goal for Manchester United against Wimbledon from similar range which launched him to stardom.

Beckham also won one of two penalties for his side in a match tied 2-2 after normal time.

The match eventually went to a penalty shootout, which the Galaxy won 4-3 as Victory duo Paulo Retre and Marco Rojas missed their spot-kicks.

The Victory were without their drawcard Harry Kewell, who was pulled out of the match by coach Mehmet Durakovic to rest him for an important A-League clash with Adelaide United on Saturday night.

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