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Galaxy waits on undecided Birchall

Chris Birchall

As Los Angeles Galaxy continues its ongoing preseason campaign, head coach Bruce Arena has admitted that Chris Birchall has been a no-show but is still hopeful the former Port Vale player may consider returning to the club, particularly with David Beckham agreeing to an additional two-year stay.

“There hasn’t been a decision made on him,” Arena said of Birchall. “Originally he wanted go back to England, so we obviously agreed to that and didn’t renew his option. He was looking to explore opportunities in England. Perhaps he’ll want to come back.”

Birchall meantime has attracted interest in England and mentioned that he would consider staying in the UK in order to be closer to his family. “They (Galaxy) want me to go back for another year at least,” he said.

“I’ve got a decision to make whether I accept the offer from Galaxy or see what occurs here (in England). If an offer comes here and it’s right for me and the family, I’ll take that into account and make a decision. Otherwise, we’ll move back to LA.”