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David Beckham Buys MLS Franchise In Miami

05/02/2014 15:51 GMT | Updated 05/02/2014 17:00 GMT

David Beckham finally confirmed he has taken up the option to buy a new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami.

The former England midfielder appeared at an afternoon news conference in Florida to make the announcement.

Beckham said: "This is an exciting time for myself, my family, my friends and partners, and it is something we are really looking forward to bringing to Miami."

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Beckham speaks at the Miami MLS franchise's launch on Wednesday

He added: "We are going to make a soccer club that is going to be loved my millions of people - we plan on bringing a team that is not just for Miami but is a global team."

Beckham's group is now in talks with Miami local government officials about building a stadium for the new club, but he insisted no public money would be needed.

He said: "We don't want public money, we will fund the stadium ourselves, it is something that we have worked very hard on.

"Nothing successful in life is easy, there are going to be bumps along the way and you have to go through certain tough times to come out at the end being successful.

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"We are going to have the right investors, and I'm not just talking about wealth but people who have a passion for the game as well."

As well as making Miami a force to be reckoned with, the former England captain wants to develop players to help the United States win the World Cup, he told reporters.

Recently, another Florida team, Orlando City, were named as the MLS' 21st franchise.

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