David Beckham will not be moving to Paris St Germain, the club's sporting director Leonardo said today.
The former England captain, whose contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy expired at the endof last month, had widely been expected to move to PSG, who recently appointed former Chelseaboss Carlo Ancelotti as their new coach.
But now it seems he is likely to stay in California.
"It's over," said Leonardo. "It's a shame, but the welfare of his family in Los Angeles, the wish notnot to change everything in his life, weighed heavily."
Leonardo also denied Ancelotti, who last week replaced Antoine Kombouare at the helm, has had anything to do with Beckham's apparent change of heart.
"It is not the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti that has changed everything," he was quoted as saying by L'Equipe .
Beckham was thought to be keen on a move back to Europe, with aplace in Great Britain's Olympic team the apparent aim.
He moved to the United States five years ago, twice spending a stint on loan at AC Milan in that time, the first of which saw him play under Ancelotti.
Leonardo was speaking from Dohain Qatar where his team are currently training.
PSG have substantial funds at their disposal after being taken over by Qatari Sports Investments in May