MICHEL Salgado is weighing up a potential link-up with his former Real Madrid pal David Beckham – after resigning himself to the end of his Blackburn Rovers career.
Rovers’ Spanish defender has been desperate to play a part in the club’s Premier League survival scrap but, still frozen out of the first team picture, knows he will have to continue his career
elsewhere next season.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands MLS outfit LA Galaxy, Beckham’s current employers, are just one of several American clubs interested in signing him from Rovers.
There is also interest from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates with Salgado’s current deal expiring this summer and the defender not short of options.
The 36-year-old has only made eight Premier League starts this season, his last game coming in the draw at Wigan in mid-November.
A clause in his contract stipulates that should Salgado play a handful more games for the club he would have been entitled to a year’s extension on his deal.
Salgado though had already told Rovers he would be prepared to leave Ewood in the summer, and forego the clause, no matter how many games he played for them this season.
He hoped the offer would allow him to feature in the club’s scrap to survive but has been left frustrated by their continued refusal to include him.
The Real Madrid legend is understood to be frustrated by the way in which Rovers are being run, having enjoyed his last three years at the club.
Meanwhile Rovers’ Premier League fight has received a boost by the news that defender Gael Givet is expected to be fit for Sunday’s crucial trip to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Frenchman suffered a dead leg early in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Norwich but played through the pain barrier to last the 90 minutes.
There were early fears that Givet would not make the White Hart Lane clash but there is now full confidence he will available for a game Rovers know they can’t afford to lose.
Bolton’s win at Aston Villa on Tuesday has heaped the pressure on Steve Kean’s men as they sit three points adrift of safety with just three Premier League matches remaining.