David Beckham still wants to play
LOS ANGELES -- With only days before David Beckham's contract with MLS expires, the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder still wasn't letting on what his future plans might be.
But there is one thing he knows for certain.
"I know that I'm not ready to finish yet," Beckham said in an interview on the "Mason & Ireland Show" on 710 ESPN radio Wednesday afternoon, as the Galaxy prepare for Sunday's MLS Cup final against the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center.
Though Galaxy president Tim Leiweke has made it clear he would love for Beckham to return for at least another season, the world-famous soccer player is drawing interest from around the globe, including Paris-Saint Germain, Tottenham in England, and several other teams.
"I've said all along, every team I've played for, I've always honored the contract I've signed," said Beckham, who is at the end of a five-year deal with the Galaxy and MLS. "I've said to my friends and I've said to my family, at the end of the day, I need to see where I'm at physically after this season because after having an injury like I did a year and a half ago with the ruptured Achilles, it takes its toll.
"I'm 36 years old. I have to see where I am at the end of this season, take a break and see where my head's at and where my body's at. But I love playing the game."
Beckham reiterated that his five years in America have turned out the way he wanted.
"It turned out exactly the way I wanted it to, especially off the field, growing the game in this country and seeing the league getting bigger," he said. "Throughout the world, the MLS is known now. It wasn't five, six years ago. I want to win a championship. I came here as a soccer player, and to be successful as a soccer player as well as an ambassador to the game."
It's clear Beckham and his family have enjoyed the Southern California lifestyle.
"What's not to enjoy? To live in a place like Los Angeles where the weather is like nowhere else," Beckham said. "I've never lived anywhere like here. People have treated us so well since we've arrived. To be able to bring up three boys in a place like this, where they go to school in T-shirts and shorts, and they come home and can go to the beach or jump in the swimming pool, it's a great way of life for them. We've had so much fun while we've lived here and we'll continue to have fun while we live here."
Beckham was asked whether he and the Galaxy need to win Sunday to put the exclamation point on what could be the end of his MLS career.
"I need to win every game," Beckham said. "It doesn't matter whether it's a final, whether it's a friendly, whether it's a game I'm playing with my kids, I want to win. I'm a competitive person. I've always been successful where I've played and I think I have been successful in many ways, but people look at championships and silverware. I want to win this game on Sunday."