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Sven-Goran Eriksson wanted David Beckham at Leicester – but Victoria said no

Sven-Goran Eriksson wanted to sign David Beckham for Leicester City but Victoria said no to the deal.

The legendary Swedish manager spent a year in charge at the King Power Stadium after being appointed in October 2010 and attempted to reunite with his former England captain during his time with the club. However, Beckham's popstar and fashion designer wife had other ideas when it came to swapping Los Angeles for the East Midlands 12 years ago.

Eriksson has now lifted the lid on his attempt to bring Golden Balls to Leicester after bumping into both he and Victoria at an event in 2010.

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Speaking to the Sacked in the Morning podcast, via the Leicester Mercury, he explained: “I asked him at a football event, and he was there with his wife. Before dinner we stood talking to each other.

“I was at Leicester at the time, so I said to him: ‘When your contract finishes in the United States, why don’t you come back to England, sign for Leicester and take us up to the Premier League?’

“He said: ‘Maybe, yeah,’ because he doesn’t want to say no. Then Victoria says: ‘Sven, can you see me in Leicester?’ I said: ‘Well, maybe not.’ Finished discussion about Leicester.”

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At the time, Beckham was still playing in the MLS for the Los Angeles Galaxy, having recently returned from the second of his two short-term loan spells with AC Milan.

Despite only playing 10 times for the Galaxy in 2010, the former Manchester United midfielder remained with the club for another three years after Eriksson's Leicester offer before ending his career after a brief stay with Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.

Eriksson and Beckham enjoyed a fruitful relationship during their time as manager and captain of the Three Lions, with the latter winning 56 of his 115 international caps during Eriksson's five-year long tenure.

He also scored all but one of his international goals whilst the Swede was in the England dugout. 12 years on from leaving Leicester, 74-year-old Eriksson now works as an advisor for third tier IF Karlstad in his native Sweden.

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