Leboeuf calls time but mulls US move

13th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 12 (AFP) - Former French international Franck Leboeuf, who currently plays for Al-Waqra in Qatar, said Tuesday he will hang up his boots at the end of the season but later announced he had a "back door" ticket to play in the American Major League Soccer.

PARIS, April 12 (AFP) - Former French international Franck Leboeuf, who currently plays for Al-Waqra in Qatar, said Tuesday he will hang up his boots at the end of the season but later announced he had a "back door" ticket to play in the American Major League Soccer.

"It's the end of a career," said the 1998 World Cup winner who was also part of the France side that won Euro 2000.

"I think I've managed to kill off the football in me, at least physically," Leboeuf told RMC radio.

But Leboeuf later told RTL radio: "There's a door open, but it's a door through the garden, a back door" to playing in the MLS.

"The bell has almost tolled. I will go to Los Angeles and I've been in contact with a club in Los Angeles for some time.

"If they (the club) offers me something small, I will play for five or six months. The season finishes in November," he said, making no mention of Los Angeles Galaxy, the city's sole Major League Soccer club.

Leboeuf, 37, won 50 caps for France, the last against Uruguay in South Korea in the 2002 World Cup, and joined Al-Saad in 2003 from French club Marseille.

He becomes the ninth member of the France team to win the 1998 World Cup to call it a day after Didier Deschamps, Laurent Blanc, Bernard Lama, Lionel Charbonnier, Alain Boghossian, Stephane Guivarc'h, Emmanuel Petit and Christophe Dugarry.

© AFP

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