Beckham launches new MLS team in Miami


David Beckham said he was “amazed” at Alexis Sanchez’s move from Arsenal to Manchester United as he launched his new Major League Soccer club in Miami.

Asked about the man who has filled his old No 7 shirt, Beckham said: “I’m still finding it hard to believe its actually happened. It’s amazing that a player of his stature and calibre has come from a big club like Arsenal and been able to move to a massive club like ­Manchester United.

“That makes me proud to be a Manchester United player because we want great players playing, and exciting players, and it’s great to see him in a United shirt. I’m sure he’s going to be very successful.”

Beckham was launching his Miami team after completing a four-year quest to buy a stadium plot that was beset with legal challenges. At a launch ceremony at a music venue in the city, he said that he had brought a dream to life.

The former England captain added he was determined to bring in a marquee signing but would not say who he was targeting. “There’s many names you would love to bring to this city, many players that have already shown a lot of interest,” he said. “In the last four years, I’ve had a lot of players I played with and against say, ‘We’re in’, so we’ll see. As an ownership group, we want to reach for the stars, we want to bring the best players in.

“Miami needs a star. You have to realise the audience we have. Miami would expect us to bring in a star and that’s what we plan on doing. Who knows in reality what we can bring in but its something we’ve started talking about.”

There were also messages from Beckham’s children. Romeo Beckham said: “I’m so proud of you, Dad.”

And Cruz Beckham said: “I’m really excited to be in Miami and eat more cabanas.”

In an emotional speech, the former England captain told hundreds of Miami fans: “They [my family] have been there through the good times and the bad times and I owe them everything.

“This is a city that’s based on dreams. Today you made my dream come true, it’s a special day for us. It’s been a hell of a journey.”

Credit – Telegraph


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