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David Beckham has promised to bring the world's top players to Miami

David Beckham has promised to bring the world's top players to Miami

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David Beckham has promised to bring the world's top players to Miami

David Beckham has promised to bring the world's top players to Miami after taking up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Florida.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Beckham (38), who retired from playing last year, said he planned to make the new team a globally-recognised club though it may be 2017 before they start playing.

He said: "We want the best. It's pretty obvious who people would want to see in the team – we have a list of players, but as an owner who is an ex-player it would be disrespectful of me to say who.

"Fortunately, I have played with some of the greatest players in the world, and these players have been sending me messages and calling me up and saying 'Miami, great – when can we get there?'

Beckham added: "We are going to make a soccer club that is going to be loved my millions of people – we plan on bringing a team that is not just for Miami but is a global team."

But Beckham won't be making an approach to his former manager at Manchester United Alex Ferguson to coach his team.

He said: "He is a great manager but unfortunately he has retired so we won't pull him out of retirement."

The announcement is the culmination of a deal struck by Beckham and the MLS when he first joined Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham was given an option to acquire an MLS franchise at a discounted rate of $25m.

Irish Independent