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David Beckham wants to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic

David Beckham admits he would love the chance to one day sign "born winner" Zlatan Ibrahimovic to his proposed Major League Soccer franchise.

Beckham wants to sign Zlatan for his MLS franchise. Credit: Reuters

Former England captain Beckham played alongside Ibrahimovic at French champions Paris St Germain before announcing his retirement from football in 2013.

Having enjoyed success at the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid in Europe, Beckham's forays into the United States have seen him turn out for LA Galaxy and he eventually announced his intentions to begin an MLS franchise in Miami.

Beckham's team of investors has acquired land in Miami's Overtown neighbourhood, and they have been given MLS approval for the franchise, so the attention could soon turn to which stars will pen contracts.

It would seem Beckham has already set his eyes on one in particular, telling Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet:

We have received permission to build an arena and it will take three years ... maybe two, at best.

If Ibrahimovic is still active, then I want to buy him right away. He is a physically magnificent specimen, so it's entirely possible. Who does not want a man who is prepared to kill to win?

– David Beckham


David Beckham wants support for Qatar World Cup

David Beckham has urged everyone to get behind the 2022 Qatar World Cup, whether or not there was corruption involved.

David Beckham has urged everyone to get behind the Qatar World Cup. Credit: PA

The Man United legend branded Fifa's scandals "disgusting" but believes the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should not be moved.

Football's world governing body has been in crisis since May when 14 executives were indicted as part an FBI investigation into corruption and last week 16 more officials were charged by US authorities.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa president Michel Platini are each serving a 90-day suspension while a Swiss criminal investigation into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar was launched earlier this year.

Speaking in the Radio Times Christmas edition, Beckham, who was part of the FA delegation aiming to win the 2018 bid, said:

Whether it's corrupt or not, those countries have been chosen. People need to get behind that.

It's about bringing football to new countries. They should stick with it. They'll make it work.

– David Beckham speaking to the Radio Times

MLS backs Beckham's Miami venue

David Beckham. Credit: PA

Major League Soccer has given its backing to David Beckham's proposed stadium site for his planned expansion team in Miami.

Earlier this week, Beckham's team of investors acquired land in Miami's Overtown neighbourhood after more than a year searching for a viable home for the team - with three previous plans coming to nothing.

In order to go ahead with development, Beckham needed the approval of MLS and got that on Saturday night following a meeting of the league's Board of Governors on the eve of the MLS Cup final.

"We are very supportive of Miami Beckham United's plans to locate their stadium in the City of Miami's Overtown neighbourhood," said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement.

"Their vision for a world-class venue within the urban core that is accessible by mass transportation is impressive, and we believe it will be an important part of the continued revitalisation of the area.

"We look forward to working with David and his partners to finalise plans to bring Major League Soccer to Miami."

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