LA Galaxy star David Beckham is targeting a return to European football next month as he looks to work his way back into the England squad.
The former England captain missed the chance to appear at his fourth World Cup in South Africa this summer when he picked up an injury on loan at Italian side AC Milan; he has not played for England since.
Speaking as he accepted a Life Time achievement award from the BBC in Birmingham, he said:
"I won't be going back to AC Milan this time because is not possible to go onto the roster for such a short length of time.
"But I will be going back somewhere as I want to keep myself fit and keep myself in with a chance of getting called up for England again. To do that, I have to be somewhere. so fingers crossed I can sort something out."
However he admits his chances of a return the Premier League are slim despite training with Arsenal in the past.
Beckham said: "I have always missed playing in the Premier League since I left it almost eight years ago.
Will Beckham return to Manchester United?
"It is a great league and one of the most competitive in the world. Maybe one day I will come back here, but I have always said that it will only be for Manchester United. I am not holding my breath on that one, but we will have to wait and see.
"But definitely not Preston [where he played on loan as a teenager]...it's too cold up there!"
The former Three Lions No. 7, who has persistently ruled himself out as being a future England manager, may find it hard to return to Manchester after his exit in 2003.
Beckham left Old Trafford after a series of run-ins with Sir Alex Ferguson, who famously kicked a boot off his head during a heated dressing-room bust-up.
Sir Alex also rarely takes back former players, though the signings of Henrik Larsson and Laurent Blanc, both aging players when they arrived at Old Trafford, will give Beckham hope.