David Beckham has confirmed he will be looking to buy an MLS franchise when he finishes playing.
LA star wants to buy franchise
David Beckham has confirmed he will be looking to buy a Major League Soccer franchise when he finishes playing.
The England star's commitment to MLS has been questioned after he confirmed his intention to leave America and join AC Milan on a permanent basis later this year.
He has spent the first half of this year, during the MLS off-season, on loan at the Italian giants.
Beckham was due to link-up again with Los Angeles Galaxy earlier this month when his initial three-month loan should have ended, but instead a deal has been agreed for him to stay with Milan.
He will then join back up with Galaxy for the last part of the American season before sealing his return to Europe.
Some in America have criticised him, but he insists he is committed as ever to developing football across the Atlantic and this was emphasised as he confirmed his desire to buy a franchise - which would cost him in the region of £30million.
"I have an option to own a franchise as soon as I finish playing and I will start that immediately," he said.
"It is something I'm really excited about."
MLS is very careful with its expansion plans with Seattle joining this year, followed by Philadelphia in 2010.
They then hope to have two further teams in 2011 with Vancouver, Ottawa, Portland and St Louis vying for the places.
But Beckham will also know being a big name is no guarantee of success as only last month a bid for a club in Miami was forced to be abandoned, despite backing from European giants Barcelona.