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After weeks of negotiations with PSG, the 36-year-old midfielder and former England captain decided he doesn’t want to move his family from the United States.
“David Beckham is not coming,” PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi said at the Qatar Open tennis tournament. “We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal … maybe in the future.”
Beckham will try to finalize a new deal this week with the Galaxy, which was paying him an annual base salary of $6.5 million.
Beckham and wife Victoria, a former member of the “Spice Girls,” moved to California in 2007 after he left Real Madrid.
The celebrity couple now have four children and decided during a Christmas break in England that they did not want to move back to Europe permanently.
The Galaxy’s recent success and the signing of Ireland captain Robbie Keane have shown Beckham that the LA club can meet his ambitions for the final years of his career, which began at Manchester United.
Beckham also has expressed hope of playing for Britain’s soccer team at the London Olympics.
The new MLS season starts in March.
AP Sports Writer Rob Harris in London contributed to this report.
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