Soriano: Beckham was 'never considered' for Manchester City's MLS project

The Premier League side have entered into a partnership with the New York Yankees to start up the new franchise but the recently retired former England captain won't be involved
Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano insists David Beckham was "never considered" to be part of the clubs new Major League Soccer project.

The Premier League side triumphed in the race to secure ownership of New York City FC and struck a £66 million ($100m) partnership deal with Major League Baseball giants the New York Yankees on Tuesday to form the new MLS franchise, that they hope will boost their commercial reach in the United States.
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Beckham, who ended his playing career on Sunday after a six-month stint with Paris Saint Germain, has been tipped to return to the US in the near future and invest in his own franchise after putting soccer on the map across the pond following five succesful seasons at LA Galaxy.

Reports suggested he would take up a prominent role in City's new American enterprise, but Soriano dismissed any suggestion that the 38-year-old former England captain would be involved and vetoed reports that they held discussions were held with him.

"We never talked to David Beckham and he was never considered part of the owners of the team," he said to French newspaper L'Equipe. "Not even as an executive. That is clear."