David Beckham denies Australian League loan rumors

Peter Macdiarmid

Rumors started to swirl Friday morning that the Galaxy midfielder is heading down under for a winter vacation.

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham shot down rumors that he would head to Australia on loan to play over part of the winter.

The Football Federation of Australia released a press release earlier Friday morning said a member of Beckham's management team approached the league about playing for a short time after his current contract with the Galaxy ends in December.

"The approach from David Beckham's people is another sign of how much the Hyundai A-League has grown in stature on a global basis," the statement said.

"Beckham is superstar on the world stage and he would be another massive signing for the Hyundai A-League after the arrivals of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono. But this approach remains at a very preliminary stage."

However, Beckham said the first he heard of the news was when Galaxy coach Bruce Arenas told him later on Friday. "That's the first I've heard about it," the LA TImes reported Beckham said. "But no, it's not true."

The Galaxy head to Seattle to take on the Sounders on Sunday in the second leg of the Western Conference Finals. A spokesperson from the Beckham camp said the midfielder isn't looking past that game, the BBC reported.

"David is completely focused on the MLS play offs and winning another Championship with the Galaxy," the spokesperson said.

Beckham signed a two-year deal with the Galaxy in January but is available for loan when the MLS season ends after the playoffs.

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