Brooklyn Beckham, the son of international soccer legend David Beckham, signed a short-term professional contract with Arsenal of the English Premier League after a tryout, according to a report. Manchester United and Chelsea purportedly expressed interest in the 15-year-old as well.
“Brooklyn is talented and he has stood out in all of the training sessions and games he has played,” an unnamed Arsenal source told the Daily Star. “He has had other teams sniffing around and it was always going to be a case of when, not if, he was signed up by a big-name club. Arsenal realize he can be a huge talent. They have seen that potential and protected their asset. The club has signed him, fending off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea in the meantime.”
Arsenal has yet to publicly confirm that it signed Beckham’s son. “If Brooklyn has signed a contract with us it would be unusual for us to comment,” a spokesman said.
Previously, Beckham tried out with Fulham of the Football League Championship, England’s second-highest soccer division behind the Premier League, the Telegraph reports. His brother, Romeo Beckham, has played for Arsenal’s under-13 youth team, while nine-year-old Cruz Beckham plays for the team’s under-10 squad.
David Beckham, 39, led Manchester United to six Premier League titles from 1992 to 2003 and enjoyed similar success after a move to Real Madrid. He also captained the English National Team and appeared in three FIFA World Cups.
The former soccer star announced in February that he would lead a team of investors to establish a Major League Soccer expansion franchise based in Miami. However, a lack of local support for construction of a proposed stadium cast doubt over the team’s future.
“If we can’t get the right stadium, we can’t go to Miami,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in October. “We have been challenged to find a site that we believe will be successful.”