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Beckham Returning To England?

The Guardian’s rumor page is reporting that David Beckham is looking for the Galaxy to loan him back to an English Premier League Club for four months if England does qualify for Euro 2008. This would allow Beckham to keep match fit in a top world league in preparation for the European Championships. A loan deal could be an outright sale perhaps if Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa or some other possible destination club forks out some money to AEG and the faltering LA Galaxy.

The website mentions that the LAX to Heathrow commute is too much for Beckham, but this again demonstrates to me that English footballers and English managers have no idea the realities of today’s world football where players travel great distances to play in matches for their nation. A good example is Nery Castillio, perhaps the best player in the CONCACAF region who plays his club football for Shaktar Donetsk in the Ukraine and flies back regularly to Mexico or the USA for Mexican National Team friendlies. The same can be said for a number of US players that perform their club duties in Scandinavia who fly back when called up for the US National Team’s home games.

Michael Haley speculated about the possibility of David Beckham bailing on the Galaxy quickly back in June on the Major League Soccer Talk podcast, in a discussion where we also predicted the Galaxy would finish at or near the bottom of the MLS Table. Forgive me for some blatant self promotion, but our podcast brought you this insight and speculation first.


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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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