Beckham in no rush to join new club

Nearly a month after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy, David Beckham is considering "a number of serious proposals" but is in no rush to find a new team.

He has been linked to clubs in France, Australia and Asia in what would be the final chapter of the illustrious career of the 37-year-old midfielder and former England captain.

A "host of clubs" have made offers, Beckham's management company said in a statement early today (NZ time), but it remains "early days in the process."

"David is in no hurry to make a decision, the key is making the right one as he has always done successfully in his career," the statement said.

Beckham ended his five-year stint in the United States by helping the Galaxy win the MLS Cup on December 1.

He has said it's unlikely he will return to the English Premier League, where he starred for Manchester United from 1993 to 2003. Beckham is also reported to have ruled out a move to Australia's A-League.

The French sports newspaper L'Equipe said overnight (NZ time) that Monaco, an ambitious French second-division club, has ended talks with Beckham, although his advisers have refused to comment.

"David is enjoying spending quality time with his family over the holidays," his management company said.

Beckham has also played for Real Madrid in Spain and AC Milan on loan in Italy.

CUDDLE: Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham with her son Cruz Beckham at a football match in 2009.
CUDDLE: Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham with her son Cruz Beckham at a football match in 2009.
NOT QUITE JULIET: Football Legend David Beckham kisses his son Romeo at a football match in 2010.
NOT QUITE JULIET: Football Legend David Beckham kisses his son Romeo at a football match in 2010.
BEND IT LIKE BOND: Soccer Star David and wife Victoria Beckham at David Beckham's Originals By Originals James Bond Collection launch in 2009.
BEND IT LIKE BOND: Soccer Star David and wife Victoria Beckham at David Beckham's Originals By Originals James Bond Collection launch in 2009.
ROCKERS: Victoria and David Beckham attend a live performance by the Jonas Brothers in 2010.
ROCKERS: Victoria and David Beckham attend a live performance by the Jonas Brothers in 2010.
HOOP TIME: Victoria and fDavid Beckham at a basketball game in 2009 with their children Romeo, left, and Cruz.
HOOP TIME: Victoria and fDavid Beckham at a basketball game in 2009 with their children Romeo, left, and Cruz.
DATE NIGHT: Football legend David and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham at a basketball game in 2008.
DATE NIGHT: Football legend David and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham at a basketball game in 2008.
A WINNER: David Beckham celebrates with his sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz after the LA Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to win the 2012 MLS Cup in California.
A WINNER: David Beckham celebrates with his sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz after the LA Galaxy beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 to win the 2012 MLS Cup in California.

AP