01/03/2012 at 02:55 PM EST
isn't saying "au revoir" to L.A. anytime soon.
The Los Angeles Galaxy star, 36, recently turned down an offer to join Paris Saint-Germain's soccer club, leaving the organization's president Nasser al-Khelafi "disappointed."
But Beckham's decision was not a selfish one, as he made the choice based on "family reasons," according to PSG's sporting director, who goes by Leonardo.
"It's a shame," Leonardo was quoted as saying
. "But the well-being of his family in Los Angeles and the desire to not change everything in his life weighed heavily."
The athlete, whose wife Victoria Beckham
, 37, recently gave birth
to the couple's fourth child, was surrounded by speculation that he would transfer teams, following the end of his five-year Galaxy contract that finished on Dec. 31.