Beckham assists Galaxy with Kaka bid
December 1 , 2012
David Beckham has been assisting L.A. Galaxy in their bid to sign Brazilian playmaker Kaka from Real Madrid as his replacement, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club's owner revealed on Friday.
Kaka has recently expressed an interest in moving to MLS.
"We're well aware of Kaka's interest in MLS, and we in turn have made it very clear to him that he's aware of our interest in him,” Tim Leiweke, president of Galaxy's owners AEG, told SI.com.
"We have a great relationship with Real Madrid, and just as we worked through a player with them six years ago (Beckham), I'm absolutely convinced we could find the right deal this time, too," he added.
In an earlier interview with the Galaxy's official podcast, Leiweke said they wanted a player to boost the club's profile in the Hispanic community.
"The guy who introduced us to this player is David Beckham. David has done the yeoman's work on our behalf at introducing us, getting him comfortable, getting his family comfortable, talking about L.A. and the organization," Leiweke said.
Beckham plays his final competitive game with the Galaxy later this evening in MLS Cup final against Houston Dynamo.
Beckham's involvement in the deal for his replacement has spurred speculation over his future plans.
The 37-year-old has said he would like to have one more playing challenge after leaving Galaxy but will then return to the U.S. to take an ownership role.