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Beckham dreaming of Olympic swansong

02 Nov 2011 18:16:53

Beckham dreaming of Olympic swansong

Former England captain David Beckham on Wednesday reiterated his desire play in next year's Olympics, insisting he was still fit enough to deliver at the highest level of football.

Beckham, 36, told the BBC that playing for Great Britain in London was a "dream" and was adamant that he had no plans to hang up his boots after nearly 20 years as a professional footballer.

"We all dream about it and we all think about it," Beckham said when asked about the Olympics. "If it happens, I'll be honoured."

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is currently in the final year of his contract with MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy.

Although Galaxy have indicated a willingness to extend his contract, Beckham has also reportedly aroused interest from French side Paris Saint-Germain.

"At 36 years old, to still have that interest in me is an honour, I'm very flattered by that but right now I'm a Galaxy player and I will continue to be a Galaxy player until we win the league -- the MLS Cup -- and then we'll see," he said. "I haven't even sat down and thought about what my options are yet."

Beckham, meanwhile, insisted he was unfazed by critics who say he can no longer play at the top level.

"People have been saying I am too old for the last 10 or 15 years and I've still continued to play for my country," Beckham said.

"Right now, I feel fit and still love playing, so I'm not finishing yet... I think I'm going to know when to finish, but that's not yet.

"As long as I feel I can play at a high level, then I'll continue. Once that changes, I'm going to have to accept I need to stop."


AFP

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