David Beckham cites 'family reasons' for cancelling Paris move and extending his time in Los Angeles


By Daily Mail Reporter

Family matters: David Beckham's move to PSG has collapsed to avoid uprooting his LA-based family

The designer boutiques of Paris will be a little disappointed after news that David Beckham snubbed a move to Paris Saint Germain.

So Victoria will have to stick with the shops of Los Angeles for the time being.

In what would have been a coup for the French side, Becks turned down a lucrative offer to join ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in the French capital after citing 'family reason' for his refusal.

'It's over,' Leonardo told L'Equipe. 'It's a shame. But the welfare of his family in Los Angeles, the wish not to change everything in his life, weighed heavily.'

The club's sporting director Leonardo revealed today: 'He will not come to PSG.'

Beckham, who is currently in the UK with his family on a winter break from America after winning the MLS title last November, is now expected to sign a new deal with LA Galaxy.

Not upping sticks just yet: Victoria with sons Brooklyn and Cruz leaving Claridges last week

And PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi confirmed Leonardo's comments, saying that LA Galaxy have won the battle for his signature.

When asked if he thought Beckham would stay in LA, Al Khelaifi replied: 'Yes, I think so. David Beckham is in Los Angeles and will stay there. He will not come, it's clear.'

Leonardo had previously stated he was willing to wait for as long as it takes to allow Beckham to make his decision over whether to move to the French capital.

Sticking with the Galaxy: Becks will stay in Los Angeles with his team who won the Major League Soccer championship last year

'The question has never been professional but about his family. It is a difficult choice to make to move his family to Paris,' he said.

'I know him. I have an incredible admiration for him as a player and a father too. I understand that it is difficult to move.'

But now it seems the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder will remain the States.

Allez! Ancelotti (centre) with PSG president Nasser Ghanim Al Khelaifi (right) and Leonardo (left)

Beckham is said to have been buoyed by the success of LA Galaxy after they won last season's MLS championship, and the improving quality of a team that also includes Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan.

Of course, his boys Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are all settled into the LA way of life too - upping sticks to Paris would understandably put quite a strain on the family.

Although Victoria would have been in her element with the city's range of designer shops and couture outlets.