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Beckham to stay on at Paris Saint-Germain?

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The morning after David Beckham announced the end of his soccer career, future job offers are already flooding in.

Just hours after the 38-year-old Englishman announced he would finish his career after Paris Saint-Germain’s final game of this season, Beckham’s future roles in soccer has been the hot topic across the globe.

PSG’s President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, wants Beckham to stay in Paris and believes an agreement could be reached in the next few weeks.

“I met him yesterday, actually, and he’s very interested to continue being involved with the big project of Paris Saint-Germain,” Al-Khelaifi said at a news conference on Friday. “He believes in the project, he believes in the club, he loves the club.”

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Al-Khelaifi, who heads up the Qatari ownership group that has poured huge finances into PSG since taking over almost two years ago, believes Beckham could have a role to play in the French capital in the very near future.

“He enjoyed the last six months, so we are in discussions now. Just yesterday he announced he was going to retire so we have time to discuss (it),” Al-Khelaifi said. “In the next two weeks we are hopefully going to announce if we’re going to reach an agreement together. I hope we will, because honestly I want him.”

Beckham will feature in PSG’s final home game against Brest on Saturday, according to manager Carlo Ancelotti, with a huge sendoff is expected for his last game in Paris. PSG’s final game is away to Lorient on May 26.

“He is going to play,” Italian Ancelotti, who ducked questions about his own future, told a news conference.

Beckham, 38, said on Thursday that he would retire from playing at the end of the season after a short stint at PSG, triggering an avalanche of tributes to the former England captain.

Ancelotti joined the chorus, saying: “He loves his job, he is a very very humble player, these are the best qualities I saw in his character. He had fantastic passing qualities, he was one of the best in the world in that department.”

It will be Beckham’s 10th Ligue 1 appearance this season after he joined PSG in late January.

One thing is clear for everyone to see. Beckham won’t be short of options about what to do when his illustrious playing career comes to a close in nine days time.

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Reports from elsewhere believe Beckham will take time away from the game for an extended period, as he aims to spend more time with his family after years on the road playing the game, spreading the word about sport as an ambassador and all his other media and commercial commitments.

It seems as if the next few weeks will be down time for Beckham. But for companies, soccer clubs and other entities the hard work has just begun. The race to tie Beckham down to his next big project has already begun.

You better look lively folks…PSG are leading the way.

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Conte not going to sell Matic, enjoys quality midfield headache

VELDEN, AUSTRIA - JULY 20: Nemanja Matic of Chelsea reacts during the friendly match between WAC RZ Pellets and Chelsea F.C. at Worthersee Stadion on July 20, 2016 in Velden, Austria. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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Antonio Conte feels he has a bit of an embarrassment of riches in his midfield, not that it’s a problem outside of deciding who hits the pitch.

The Chelsea boss does not plan on selling Nemanja Matic despite the acquisition of N'Golo Kante — in fact Conte thinks Matic can be one of the best in the world.

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That’s not surprising, given that Matic was one of the keys to Chelsea’s 2014-15 PL title run.

Conte says he has some tricky selections to make in the coming days, as Chelsea prepares to open its Premier League season Aug. 15 at West Ham United.

From ChelseaFC.com:

“Kante is a good player and he was a target of our market. I am pleased the club took this player, it’s fantastic,” said the 46-year-old. “The players in a great team like Chelsea must know there are many players that can play. It’s important for me to have a good choice to try the best solution game by game. It’s important for me to see always the right attitude and behaviour from the players.

“When I have players like N’Golo, Nemanja, Cesc, Oscar and Chalobah, and Mikel who is in the Olympics, it is not easy to choose. I want to have this problem.”

For a manager who loves to keep it tight in the midfield, it would be far from shocking to see Matic and Kante behind two attacking mids (Willian and Hazard?) or even three.

Regardless, Chelsea’s match day tactics will be one of the more fascinating subplots of 2016, especially when Conte matches up against the Blues’ former boss Jose Mourinho (Oct. 22 at Stamford Bridge and April 15 at Old Trafford).

Spain’s Villarreal signs Brazilian striker Pato

SWANSEA, WALES - APRIL 09:  Alexandre Pato of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at Liberty Stadium on April 9, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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MADRID (AP) Brazilian club Corinthians says it has agreed to transfer striker Alexandre Pato to Villarreal in Spain.

Corinthians says on its club website that it has “agreed to the final administrative details of the negotiation” for Pato’s move to Villarreal.

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It adds that both clubs have agreed to not release the financial details of the transfer.

The 26-year-old Pato played for AC Milan from 2007 to 2013, before returning to his native Brazil with Corinthians. He played the second half of last season on loan at Chelsea in the English Premier League.

Roberto Martinez linked to Atlanta United gig by Taylor Twellman

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Roberto Martinez, manager of Everton gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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When news of Sigi Schmid’s departure from Seattle broke, there were plenty of folks wondering who could be the second coach in the Sounders’ MLS history.

One of those doing so publicly was ESPN writer Marc Connolly, who asked whether former Wigan and Everton boss Roberto Martinez could be interested in the gig.

[ MORE: Sounders, Schmid part ways ]

Fellow media member Taylor Twellman is obviously well-connected, and his reply raised some eyebrows, especially given the news that technical director Carlos Bocanegra is closing in on selecting the first manager in Atlanta United history.

Ryan is the quarterback of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, for those unaware. Martinez and Twellman worked together for ESPN this summer.

Is Martinez to MLS really a thing? He’s also been linked to the vacant Hull City job, and would be one of the highest profile coaches to make the switch in the history of the league.

Premier League preseason: Everton, Burnley win; Spurs fall to Juventus

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Muhamed Besic of Everton celebrates after scoring the third goal during the pre-season friendly match between MK Dons and Everton at Stadium mk on July 26, 2016 in Milton Keynes, England.  (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
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Four Premier League teams were in action on Tuesday, with two picking up wins and not a clean sheet in the joint.

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MK Dons 1-3 Everton

Ronald Koeman‘s men got goals from Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Muhamed Besic, but wasn’t entirely pleased with every facet of their game.

From EvertonFC.com:

“The team, the players, we need to press better. The pitch in some stages of the game was too long. If you press up front, it means the midfielders they need to push up as well and it’s the same for the defenders.”

Bolton 1-2 Burnley

Andre Gray will likely be a well-known Premier League entity when his career is done, and the way he’s playing it could be by the time this season is complete. The Burnley man scored for the fifth time in four preseason games, and Josh Ginnelly also scored for the Clarets.

Barnsley 2-2 Hull City

Adama Diomande and Jarrod Bowen scored as the Tigers stayed unbeaten in preseason play.

Spurs 1-2 Juventus — RECAP