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David Beckham Turns Down Soccer Gig in Paris to Remain in L.A. With His Family

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Jan. 3 2012, Published 7:50 a.m. ET

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In David Beckham's eyes, family always comes first. The soccer star turned down the opportunity to play with French club Paris Saint-Germain, explaining he didn't want to relocate his family from L.A. to France. 

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"David Beckham is not coming," PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said, according to ESPN. "We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal.... Maybe it might happen in the future."

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David, who has four kids — Brooklyn, 12, Romeo, 9, Cruz, 6, and Harper, five months —  with wife Victoria Beckhamstands by his decision and is trying to finalize a new one-year rolling contract with U.S. professional team the LA Galaxy, which was paying him an annual base salary of $6.5 million for the last five years.  

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"David Beckham is with Los Angeles," al-Khelaifi added. "And he's going to stay there."

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