Beckham Signs New 2-Year Deal With LA Galaxy
Turns down millions more to play in Europe
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2012 12:20 PM CST
This is a Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 file photo of David Beckham, center, as he holds up the MLS Cup after they won their championship soccer match against the Houston Dynamo, in Carson, Calif.   (AP Photo/Bret Hartman, File)
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(Newser) – David Beckham will be an Angeleno for at least another couple years: The English soccer star has signed a new two-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, turning down an offer from a French club in order to return to Major League Soccer. That deal, from Paris-St. Germain, was for 18 months and worth $18.7 million. His deal with the Galaxy is reportedly worth just $15 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"This was an important decision for me," Beckham said in a statement. "I had many offers from clubs around the world. However, I'm still passionate about playing in America and winning trophies with the Galaxy." His family is "incredibly happy and settled in America" and wants to stay, he continued. The deal grants Beckham a sabbatical, meaning he will be allowed to play for Britain this summer during the London Olympic Games.
 

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