Becks may be a major league US soccer club boss by 2011
London, Mar 21 : David Beckham has an option to buy an Major League Soccer franchise when his five-year Los Angeles Galaxy contract expires after the 2011 season, according to a US television news magazine.
The programme, 60 Minutes, scheduled to air on Sunday on the CBS network was to report the option was granted to the 32-year-old midfielder and his manager, Simon Fuller.
"We don't comment on rumour or speculation,'' Simon Oliveira, Beckham's spokesman, said.
"David's focus at present is on playing for the Galaxy and his country,'' the Daily Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
Beckham, who joined the Galaxy last season, could make his 100th international appearance for England in next week's friendly at France. The Galaxy opens the MLS season March 29 at Colorado. Neither the league nor the Galaxy would comment.
"Our policy is we don't comment on potential owners of Major League Soccer teams,'' MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche said.
"Ultimately, if individuals or groups are interested in purchasing a Major League Soccer team, it's their option whether or not they want to express it publicly. We're a private company, and those matters remain private,'' he said.
Beckham signed a five-year contract that pays him 5.5 million dollars annually, plus a share of revenues from ticket, merchandise and concessions sales.
Story first published: Friday, March 21, 2008, 15:43 [IST]