Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

'Ice Bucket Challenge' angers anti-abortion activists

Read more

#TECH 24

Tomorrow's Transport Today

Read more

FOCUS

Mothers and children leaving Honduras at all costs

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

US journalist Peter Theo Curtis freed in Syria

Read more

ENCORE!

An art wonderland: A burnt-out piano, a bed in a box and a giant magic mushroom

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Historian Jean Garrigues: 'For the first time, Hollande knows what he is doing'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'Macron-economy' pun already worn out

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War (part 2)

Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • Russian troops have entered Ukraine, says Kiev

    Read more

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

    Read more

  • Assad cannot be partner in fight against terrorism, says Hollande

    Read more

  • New Ebola case in Nigeria brings death toll to 1,552

    Read more

  • Video: 'Neither Baghdad nor the US can defeat the Islamic State'

    Read more

  • Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

    Read more

  • Air France pilots announce week-long strike in September

    Read more

  • Erdogan's inauguration paves way for constitutional change

    Read more

  • New French economy minister takes swipe at 35-hour work week

    Read more

  • Air France suspends flights to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

    Read more

  • Uzi shooting by 9-year-old rekindles gun debate

    Read more

  • Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

    Read more

  • Missouri governor appoints black public safety director

    Read more

  • French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

Sport

Beckham turns down move to Paris St Germain 'for family reasons'

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-01-03

Football superstar David Beckham has decided not to join Paris St German for family reasons, club president Nasser-al-Khelaifi said Tuesday. The former England captain's contract with Los Angeles Galaxy ran out on December 31st.

REUTERS - David Beckham will not join Paris St Germain due to family reasons, the big-spending Ligue 1 soccer club’s president Nasser al-Khelaifi told Reuters in Qatar on Tuesday.

“We didn’t reach an agreement - he’s a great player, I met him and it’s bad luck we didn’t reach an agreement,” al-Khelaifi said on the sidelines of a news conference in Doha.

“We weren’t far (from reaching an agreement), but there are family issues and I think that was the reason. It was very difficult to move the family.”

The former England captain had been linked with a possible move to the Qatar-backed Ligue 1 pacesetters last month given that his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy ran out on Dec. 31.

However with four children and his singer and fashion designer wife Victoria based in California, the move fell through.

“It’s over. It’s a shame. But the welfare of his family in Los Angeles, the wish not to change everything in his life, weighed heavily,” said PSG sporting director Leonardo.

Al-Khelaifi told French radio station RMC the 36-year-old midfielder would stay in the United States, saying: “David Beckham is in Los Angeles and he’s going to stay over there.”

The Parisian club’s new Qatari owners bankrolled a close-season spending spree of some 85 million euros ($110.34 million), almost half of which went on snapping up Argentina international Javier Pastore from Palermo.

Their ambition was highlighted last week when they appointed Italian Carlo Ancelotti as their coach, having parted ways with Antoine Kombouare despite the club being top of the French league at the mid-season break.

Date created : 2012-01-03

  • FRANCE

    French politicians call for salary cap on Beckham’s expected €10m at PSG

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Paris eagerly awaits David Beckham's next move

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Shock loss for big-spending PSG in season opener

    Read more

COMMENT(S)