• New deal ... Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham (Getty Images)
David Beckham has signed a two-year contract with Los Angeles Galaxy, the Major League Soccer side has announced.
PA Sport
19 Jan 2012 - 11:24 AM  UPDATED 6 Nov 2012 - 7:05 PM

The 36-year-old's five-year contract expired last month and he had been linked with a move to
Paris Saint-Germain.

However, Beckham has now re-signed with the club with which he won the 2011 MLS Cup.

"This was an important decision for me," Beckham said on the club's website.

"I had many offers from clubs from around the world, however, I'm still passionate about playing in America and winning trophies with the Galaxy.

"I've seen first hand how popular soccer is now in the States and I'm as committed as ever to growing the game here.

"My family and I are incredibly happy and settled in America and we look forward to spending many more years here."

Galaxy general manager and head coach Bruce Arena said: "I am
thrilled that David has chosen to re-join the Galaxy, especially as he
had numerous options where he could continue his career.

"I felt that he was one of the best players in all of MLS last season
and we could not have achieved the success that we did without him.

"We look forward to trying to replicate that success this season with David once again in a Galaxy uniform."

Beckham's business manager Simon Fuller added: "When David and I
discussed making the move from Real Madrid to the LA Galaxy back in
2007, our minds were firmly focused on the massive opportunity of
helping to grow soccer in the United States.

"We have made great progress over the past five years in raising the
profile of soccer domestically and the MLS on a worldwide stage, and we
are encouraged by all the results.

"However, clearly this is an ongoing mission and this new deal
confirms our commitment to continuing our journey and making sure the
world's biggest sport, soccer, continues to grow in the world's most
passionate sports loving nation, the USA."

LA Galaxy starts its pre-season campaign next week and returns to
competitive action on 7 March when it travels to face Toronto FC in
the first leg of its 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final.

Its first game of the 2012 MLS season is on Saturday, 10 March at home to Real Salt Lake.