Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | International

Landon Donovan © Action Images

Donovan urges Beckham not to quit



David Beckham will end his Major League Soccer playing career on Saturday but has urged L.A. Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan not to do the same.

Donovan has said he is considering his future in the game and has talked of the need for a break while suggesting he could even quit the game.

While Beckham is talking of a "new challenge", possibly back in Europe, Donovan has recently questioned whether he will even be playing when the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil come around.

"Obviously he has said over the last four or five months a couple of times about possibly going to finish this season," Beckham said on Thursday, when asked about Donovan's future in a news conference ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final.

"Landon is a great player, a great talent, a special talent in this team and this country and he is still young.

"So I personally hope that he doesn't stop playing because I believe that he has still got a good few years left in him," added Beckham, who at 37 is seven years older than the American.

Beckham suggested that Donovan might benefit from a brief time away to recharge his batteries.

"Whether he needs a break, whether he needs to step away from the game and then come back ... at 30-years-old, he is still young.

"Let's hope he continues, let's hope this isn't his last game and that when he said he didn't have the hunger like he used to, let's hope that was just a moment," he added.

Beckham and Donovan will line up against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday at the Galaxy's Home Depot Centre as the pair look for a repeat of last year's title victory.

The former England and Manchester United midfielder said he had not noticed Donovan lacking motivation.

"From what I see on the field and the training field, the hunger is still there. I hope a talented player like him continues to play for this team."



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Segun Odegbami
CAF in need of a storm
Any one living in Nigeria would not have been immune from the impact of the Buhari political storm...

Collins Okinyo
Don't blame Yaya for City's failure
Footballers have a thankless job because one minute everyone is praising you and the next everybody...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Are refs favouring certain teams?
There has long been a suspicion that certain referees are favouring certain teams. At least that’s...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Mou faces LVG, Wenger waits to pounce
Going into the weekend round of matches, Chelsea sit top of the Premier League in England with 73...

Sunday Oliseh
Why Klopp may struggle at English clubs
Seven years ago, 2008, a relatively unknown from Mainz 05, Jurgen Klopp, became coach at Germany’s...

Neil Tovey
Schut leaves a legacy
Having spent three years in South Africa plying his trade for Sundowns, Alje Schut will bid the PSL...