SI excerpt: Leiweke belives Beckham ‘will be here again next year’


David Beckham’s five-year contract to play Major League Soccer with the Galaxy ends after the upcoming MLS Cup, and Sports Illustrated’s Grand Wahl writes in this week’s issue that if the 36-year-old leads his team to a championship, “his American experiment will be validated — and he might choose to stay Stateside despite offers from Europe next season.”

Wahl quotes AEG president Tim Leiweke: “I think David is loyal to us. Despite all the rumors and bulls— out there about David going to France or the Premier League, David only leaves the Galaxy if David and we decide that.

“In fact, I believe David will be here again next year. People can make any offer they want. The loyalty he has to this club because of the way we have treated him and stood by him is going to be rewarded if we so choose to continue with David.”

Beckham joined Galaxy from Real Madrid in 2007 but also spent two short-term loan terms with AC Milan in 2009 and 2010.

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