Beckham: Olympic selection will determine my next move
The 36-year-old midfielder wants to be at a club that will boost his chances of featuring at the Olympics
David Beckham has one consideration as he decides where his future lies – finding a club that will give him a chance to fulfil his Olympic dream at London 2012.
Beckham is desperate to be named as one of Team GB’s three over-age players next summer and considering he won’t be involved in Euro 2012, he wants as much competitive match time as possible to secure his place.
Beckham’s deal with MLS side LA Galaxy expires at the end of this season and clubs are already lining up to express interest in the 36-year old, including French side Paris Saint Germain.
England’s most capped outfield player was a key supporter of the Olympic bid, travelling to Singapore for the host city election in 2005, and was part of the London handover segment during the closing ceremony of the 2008 Games in Beijing.
“What will actually happen next I still can’t say, but what is very important in the decision in terms of what I do, be it staying here, or going to PSG or wherever, is that I get enough time on the pitch because I want to be part of the Olympics,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“I’ve made no secret of that. Even to be in the team would be incredible. To be part of that Olympic spirit and to be able to win gold for Britain would be the ultimate goal for me.
“The fact that we’ve got the Olympics in the east end of London where I grew up, the fact that I could be part of that and that I could be out there trying to win gold would mean a hell of a lot to me because I am very patriotic.
“So whoever I sign for, to make sure I would be ready to make that attempt, I would have to be playing regularly.”
Stuart Pearce, England’s under-21 coach, is expected to be named manager of Great Britain’s Olympic team in the coming weeks – he has stated he wants the job but claims the terms have not been discussed with the Football Association.