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File photo of Manchester United's David Beckham standing with manager Sir Alex Ferguson before their match against Charlton Athletic in the English premier league match at Old TraffordReuters

Former England captain David Beckham, who announced his retirement after 20 years of trophy-laden career and played in five clubs, is likely to return to Manchester United in an ambassadorial role, says reports.

File photo of Manchester United's David Beckham standing with manager Sir Alex Ferguson before their match against Charlton Athletic in the English premier league match at Old Trafford
File photo of Manchester United's David Beckham standing with manager Sir Alex Ferguson before their match against Charlton Athletic in the English premier league match at Old Trafford

The 38-year-old midfielder will retire at the end of the season on a high having won Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month. He has also been named the captain of the club for Saturday's game against Brest in the French League, his final appearance at home.

David Beckham is expected to be bombarded with offers from several clubs after his retirement from the game but the Manchester Evening News reported that he could return to Old Trafford, as he is likely to be offered an ambassadorial role with the club where he began his football career.

Despite moving on to play for Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, the former England captain has kept his strong ties with Manchester United, where he played from 1994 to 2003, scoring 62 goals from 265 appearances in EPL, and 14 goals from 77 appearances in Champions League.

Sir Alex Ferguson, who will end his 27-year stint as the manager of Manchester United after the West Bromwich Albion game on Sunday (19 May) and take up the role of director and ambassador for the club, has endorsed the idea of rewarding former players with ambassadorial roles like that of Bayern Munich.

"I think Bayern Munich is the perfect model. It is no problem having a replica of that for this club who have had so many great players over the years and who are now ambassadors, like Andy Cole, Bryan Robson and Peter Schmeichel. There are quite a few of them here now and that's a role we should be using well," BBC quoted Ferguson as saying. 

Bayern Munich have been retaining former greats in the club by offering them various positions in the club.

Giving a hint that he could head to the Old Trafford again if given a chance, David Beckham said in November last year that it is impossible to turn down Manchester United even if other clubs come forward and offer big money.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson, whose association with David Beckham stretched for over a decade, is all praise for the former Manchester United midfielder.

"He's had a great career, David, and it's amazing how he has from every sort of different way reinvented himself. Going to America, many thought it was the end of his career but he came back played for England, Milan and PSG," he told reporters, paying tribute to the former England captain who has decided to hang up his boots by the end of this season.

"The one thing he always had was fantastic stamina. As a young boy, he had the best stamina in the club. All the figures in terms of endurance that we used to do, he was always ahead of everyone else," he added.