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Eriksson keen to bring Beckham to UAE

ESPN staff
January 22, 2013
David Beckham's future remains unclear © Getty Images

Newly appointed Al Nasr technical director Sven-Goran Eriksson says the club would "open the gate" for David Beckham to move to the UAE.

The football world has been waiting in anticipation for Beckham to announce his next career move, with the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star linked with an array of destinations including Australia, China and the Premier League.

It was reported earlier this month that the Qatari league is also keen to offer Beckham a lucrative deal, but Eriksson opened the possibility of a move elsewhere in the Middle East after being unveiled at Al Nasr on Monday.

"I speak to him [Beckham] regularly, but I don't know what he will do or where he will go," Eriksson told reporters. "I read that he could be coming here to the UAE, or to Australia, China or back to Europe. If he wants to come here, I am sure the club will open the gate for him to come.

"Wherever he goes will be a huge thing for the whole country and their football league, and for that club also. He is the most famous footballer in the world and has a great deal of ability."

Despite welcoming the link to Beckham, who captained England during Eriksson's five-year tenure with the Three Lions, the Swede said it was unlikely he would try to bring any new players to Al Nasr before the summer.

"That's not for now, that's for after the league is finished in June or July," Eriksson said. "Now it's late in the season and I don't really know what I need, so I can't help the club at this moment. Now it's more important to try and finish the league as high as possible in the table."

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