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Beckham Picks Galaxy Over Paris Saint-Germain, L.A. Times Says

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- David Beckham turned down an offer to play for the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain and instead will be staying with the Los Angeles Galaxy, the French club’s president said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 36-year-old Beckham, a midfielder who was formerly captain of England’s national team, “is in Los Angeles,” Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al Khelaifi said today at the Qatar Open tennis tournament, according to the Times. “And he’s going to stay there.”

Beckham had been negotiating for weeks with Paris Saint-Germain and the decision to turn down the offer had to do with not wanting to uproot his family, the English newspaper, the Sun, reported, citing Leonardo, Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director.

Beckham could sign a new contract with the Galaxy, possibly for two years, as early as this week, the Times said. His original five-year contract, which paid an annual base salary of $6.5 million, expired after last season, when the Galaxy won the MLS Cup.

Patrick Donnelly, a spokesman for the Galaxy, declined to comment in an e-mail.

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