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 By Mark Rodden

David Beckham 'would buy' Zlatan Ibrahimovic for MLS Miami franchise

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham played together at Paris Saint-Germain in 2013.

David Beckham says he would love to see Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic line up for his proposed Major League Soccer team in Miami.

Beckham, 40, is in the process of setting up an MLS team in Florida as the league looks to expand to 28 teams over the next few years.

The former England captain's dream moved a step closer to becoming reality earlier in December when his ownership group announced that they had acquired a site for a new stadium.

Beckham does not expect the ground to be ready until 2017 or 2018, but he told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that he would love to reunite with Ibrahimovic in the United States at that point.

The Sweden captain, 34, is out of contract at PSG in the summer and in October he was linked with a future move to Miami.

Beckham was a teammate of Ibrahimovic at PSG in 2013 and he says he was bowled over by how dedicated the former AC Milan, Inter and Barcelona striker is.

"I love Zlatan as a person and a player," the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder said.

"I've never met anyone as serious as him during matches and training. When I came to Paris, I knew he was hugely talented but I didn't know that he was so hard on himself. He's a born winner and I'm one of his biggest admirers. 

"We've received permission to build our stadium -- it will take two or three years. If Zlatan is still playing then, I'd buy him immediately.

He's in great shape physically so why not? Who wouldn't want a man who's ready to kill to win?"

Beckham signed a five-month deal with PSG in January 2013, winning the Ligue 1 title in the French capital before retiring from professional football at the end of that season.

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