David Beckham Considering a Move to China
David Beckham – who announced last month he is quitting US club LA Galaxy – is
reportedly in contract talks with Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua,
which could net him £250,000 a week and £20 million in merchandising deals.
close to David – who has children Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, Cruz, seven,
and 17-month-old Harper with wife Victoria Beckham - told the Sunday People
newspaper: “He has cracked Europe and America, he now has the chance to become
huge in China and the Far East. This is a huge decision for him."
David wants one final challenge in football, a move to China is about more than
that. It will push Brand Beckham to a whole new level.”
37-year-old star decide his final foray in soccer will be in the Far East then
he looks likely to make a 22-hour and 11,000-mile round trip to China from the
UK, where he will relocate from Los Angeles with his family.
added: “David always said he wanted one more challenge and he loves the idea of
playing in China. It will
undoubtedly make him a global star. He won’t have just conquered Europe and
America, but the Far East too. It is also appealing to Becks as it is very
different to anywhere he has played before and he is keen to promote football
in places where it isn’t particularly high-profile. He is so
passionate about the game and likes the idea that he can share that with people
who don’t already appreciate it.
begun and while he is on his Christmas break he and Victoria are ¬discussing it
as a very serious option.”
Beckham – who has been linked with a host of top clubs including French sides
Paris Saint Germain and Monaco, as well as a several English Premier League
outfits - choose to sign for Shenhua then he looks likely to agree a deal next
month before the Chinese club's new season begins in March.
brand commentator Mark Borkowski believes a switch to China would be a
"great move" for the England star.
explained: "The Beckham Brand, or dynasty as it is now, will always have
huge impact while David can play football.
“So if he
can have an impact in China it is a great move. I’m sure he’s looking for the
best deal in his autumnal playing years."