Gerrard won't be loaned: LA Galaxy President Chris Klein

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Los Angeles, Jan 8: Los Angeles Galaxy president Chris Klein says loaning midfield maestro Steven Gerrard to a European club in the Major League Soccer (MLS) off-season has "never been discussed".

Former England captain Gerrard, 34, will move to the United States at the end of the season after 25 years at Liverpool, reports

File picture of Steven Gerrard

Frank Lampard, 36, signed for New York City after leaving Chelsea, but then joined Manchester City on a short-term deal before extending his stay.

"Gerrard's focus will be LA Galaxy," Klein told BBC Radio 5 live Thursday.

He added that the Reds captain will make his debut Jult 17 against San Jose.

Gerrard, who has won 10 trophies at Liverpool, including the Champions League in 2005, becomes the second England captain to join LA Galaxy.

David Beckham played for the MLS side between 2007 and 2012.

"Signing Steven ranks right up there and we're very excited about it," said Klein.

"The attention it has created has been incredible. He's a worldwide name and people are very excited."

Beckham was followed to the MLS by other big-name signings from the Premier League, including Tim Cahill, Jemain Defoe and Robbie Keane.

Former Liverpool defender and the MLS side head coach Steve Nicol said Gerrard's signing will be another huge boost for the American league.

"It is on a par with Thierry Henry and David Beckham. Gerrard is a world superstar, it can't be any better for the league," Nicol said.

"He is in a position where his football is world-class. His touch, vision and control and what he will do for the football team is incredible."


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Story first published: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 16:24 [IST]
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