David and Victoria Beckham will not return to the UK when he retires.

The soccer star, 34, has been based in Los Angeles since joining La Galaxy in 2007, and wants to stay in America when he quits the sport because the couple and their sons Brooklyn, 10, Romeo, seven, and four-year-old Cruz are able to lead a relatively anonymous life in the US.

He said: "We have a normal life. I can see us living here for a few years."

Singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria recently admitted she had found their previous home, Spain, "tricky", and said living in America made her feel "equal" to David.

She said: "I found Spain a little tricky. But from the minute we landed at the airport, we were equal. America is equal, it doesn't matter whether you are a man or a woman. In Spain it's more difficult for women."

Although the couple are settled in Los Angeles, David is set to spend six months in Italy from January after signing a deal with soccer giants AC Milan and recently admitted to how much he hates being apart from his family.

He said: "The biggest thing for me is I go away and leave my family for six months.

"Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about my children, about my wife and my family and I hate being away from them."