Beckham says he’ll play out contract in LA

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – David Beckham plans to play out the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011 while continuing to hope he’ll play for England again.

Beckham says in an interview with The Associated Press that he doesn’t know what will happen after his Galaxy contract expires next year but that he wants to play soccer “as long as my legs can take me.”

Beckham has a five-year contract with Major League Soccer worth $32.5 million. He could buy out the final year and leave next month when the playoffs end. But he says his family is happy living in Los Angeles and he can’t see them moving.

The 35-year-old superstar says he is “80 to 85 percent” fit after tearing his Achilles’ tendon while playing on loan with AC Milan in March. The injury sidelined him for six months.