GALAXY: Beckham talks dragging on
David Beckham might have decided to remain with the Galaxy, but he's taking his time making that official.
More than a week after Paris Saint-Germain announced that it would not sign the English superstar -- and that Beckham would be returning to L.A. -- the Galaxy continue to negotiate with their midfield leader.
“We're hopeful we're going to re-sign him,” head coach/GM Bruce Arena said Thusday from the MLS SuperDraft. “We're in discussions with David and his representatives, and we're hopeful he'll be playing with the Galaxy.”
Is Arena confident Beckham will sign?
“I'll be confident,” he said, “when I'm told he has signed a contract.”
British broadsheet The Guardian reported Thursday that Beckham's representatives expect him to sign soon with the Galaxy. His contract with L.A. expired on New Year's Eve, and the club has offered him a one-year deal with a rolling mutual option believed to be of comparable value to his original, five-year contract, in which he made $6.5 million in annual average compensation.
Beckham is in England, where he attended Manchester United's F.A. Cup victory Sunday over Manchester City and Arsenal's cup win Monday over Leeds United. Speculation that he might look to train with Tottenham before L.A. opens its preseason camp, as he did last year, was quashed by his camp, the newspaper reported.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told The Guardian he'd be welcome if he wanted to train with Spurs.
“Yes, of course, if he wants to come in, no problem,” he said. "I have not spoken to him, but if he wants to, we would love him back here. To have him around the place last year was brilliant."
The Galaxy is tentatively scheduled to open their preseason camp on Jan. 23.