Beckham wants Champions League swansong

Sat Dec 1, 2012 1:04am EST
 

(Reuters) - David Beckham has targeted one final fling in the European Champions League before hanging up his boots once he leaves Los Angeles after five-and-a-half years.

"I always loved it when I went back to AC Milan being back in the Champions League," the 37-year-old told British media as he prepared for his last game for the L.A. Galaxy.

"I still miss playing in it, they are the games you love playing in. Of course I'd want to play in it again," he added before Saturday's MLS Cup final against Houston Dynamo.

"We'll see where I go next. If it's a team that's in the Champions League then it will be nice to be back."

Former England captain Beckham admitted watching former Manchester United team mates Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs still playing in Europe's top competition gave him added incentive.

"It's nice to see them still playing at Manchester United," said the former Real Madrid midfielder.

"They have had successful careers there and to see them playing like they do is great. I'm 37 years old, the same age as Scholesy, although Giggsy is even older than me.

"Me and Scholesy grew up together and played with Giggsy and it is great to see them still playing."

Beckham has been linked with French sides Paris St. Germain and Monaco, among others, although regular first-team minutes could be hard to come by at Carlo Ancelotti's big spending side.   Continued...

 
British soccer star David Beckham sits courtside as the Los Angeles Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson