updated 01/19/2012 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/19/2012 AT 6:50 AM ET
Despite offers from clubs around the world, David Beckham isn’t leaving – the soccer superstar has signed a deal to extend his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy for another two years, the Major League Soccer team announced Wednesday.
“I’ve seen firsthand how popular soccer is now in the States, and I’m as committed as ever to growing the game here,” Beckham, 36, said about the deal in a statement on his team’s website.
While details of his new contract were not released, published reports say it added up to $15 million, decidedly less than the 18-month, $18.7-million deal the wealthy Qatari owners of French club Paris-St. Germain were willing to offer – but, Beckham also said, his wife Victoria and their three sons and a daughter played a deciding factor to remain in Southern California.
“This was an important decision for me,” Beckham said in his statement. “My family and I are incredibly happy and settled in America.”