David Beckham's management team denies he is moving to Australia
David Beckham's management team have denied that he is on the verge of a move to Australia.
By Edwin Chong
Last Updated: 20/11/12 8:08am
Football Federation Australia (FFA) claimed they had been approached by the management team about a possible 10-game stint Down Under at the end of the MLS season in two weeks' time.
But in a statement released to Sky Sports, Beckham's management team have denied that he is looking at leaving Los Angeles Galaxy.
His spokesman said: "There is always enormous interest from clubs across the world in signing David as a player.
"There are absolutely no plans to play in Australia, David is completely focused on the MLS play offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy."
Earlier a FFA spokesman said: "The approach from David Beckham's people is another sign of how much the Hyundai A-League has grown in stature on a global basis.
"Beckham is a superstar on the world stage and he would be another massive signing for the A-League after the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono. But this approach remains at a very preliminary stage."
Italian superstar Del Piero is on a two-year contract reportedly worth £1.25m a season at Sydney FC.
Heskey, one of Beckham's former England team-mates, is also playing in Australia with the Newcastle Jets.
Lyall Gormal, executive chairman of new A-League franchise Western Sydney Wanderers, said the contradictory statements from the FFA and Beckham's management were "puzzling".
"My understanding is there have been informal approaches to other clubs. One or two have already come out and talked about their interest. Clearly there has been some informal discussions so it is a bit puzzling," he told Sky Sports News.
If Beckham did end up moving, Gormal said the former Manchester United and Real Madrid would have huge commercial appeal.
"We haven't had formal or informal contact over this, but clearly we are aware of the iconic vale of David Beckham.
"Beckham is outstanding. We've seen him here before on a couple of occasions. There was an 80,000 sell-out at the Olympic Stadium and he was here with the Galaxy the year before last for a game against the Newcastle Jets.
"He would be a fantastic commodity to bring to Australia."