English midfielder David Beckham says he is healthy entering his final season with the Los Angeles Galaxy but uncertain whether or not he has played his last for an English club.
In an online chat with fans on ESPN's website Friday, the 35-year-old superstar said he is ready for Tuesday's Major League Soccer season opener at Seattle, his fifth campaign in the US league. "I'm excited. I'm ready for the season," Beckham said. "I wanted to make sure my fitness was right. That's why I went to Tottenham. I've been working hard."
Beckham, who has scored nine goals for the Galaxy after prior star stints at Manchester United and Real Madrid, missed six months because of a torn left Achilles' tendon. "I would say I'm 100 per cent right now," Beckham said. "Last season was difficult with the injury. But I've worked hard this season and gotten my body back to where it needs to be. I'm very close."
Asked if he might yet play again for an English club after his training stint with Tottenham earlier this year, Beckham was non-committal but clearly indicated he could see extending his career beyond this MLS season. "Who knows? I had a great career in England for 12-13 years," Beckham said. "I've always said that I never wanted to play for another English club, because Manchester United is such a great club. I'm getting older now and I don't have many years left. This is my last contract year but who knows what will happen."
Beckham said he thinks being able to experience the game's growth in US markets has been beneficial, especially as he has played a role in it. "Soccer not being the No. 1 sport in this country, it's always going to be a challenge to raise the profile of it," he said. "I always said it won't happen overnight. It will happen in 5-10 years.
"Over time it will get to be one of the better leagues. That's an exciting prospect. There is no reason that can't happen over time," he added. "I've enjoyed playing for the Galaxy. It has been incredible."