Beckham can buy LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy star David Beckham could become the club's owner courtesy of a clause in his existing contract.

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The 32-year-old midfielder will be able to purchase a stake in his own Major League Soccer franchise in 2011, at the end of his Galaxy contract, CBS's 60 minutes reported.

Speaking on the documentary, Beckham described his first year with his new team as a "nightmare".

Beckham, who could earn his 100th England cap on Wednesday night against France, insisted his move to the US was not a form of "semi-retirement".

"I'm passionate about the game, I'm passionate about this move, and I'm passionate about the fact that the sport can grow here and the potential is huge here," he said.

But he admitted the MLS, where he will start his second season on Saturday, will not be transformed within six months or a year.

He said it would take "five, 10 years".

Asked about his injury-laden first season, which saw him play just five games, he said: "It was a nightmare to be honest."

However, he insisted his commercial deals "never" interfere with his performance on the pitch.

"That's one thing that I've always been able to keep separate," he said. "The commercial things that I do, they're always set aside, they're always second to my football... second obviously to my 'soccer' sorry, I'm trying to get used to it."

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