Gerrard to decide on retirement after Galaxy exit

Steven Gerrard will not renew his contract with the LA Galaxy after failing to lead it to MLS Cup glory in a season and a half in California.

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Steven Gerrard salutes LA Galaxy fans.

Steven Gerrard has a decision to make over possibly ending his illustrious career after the England captain's LA Galaxy departure was confirmed.

Gerrard will not renew his contract with the Galaxy after failing to lead it to MLS Cup glory in a season and a half in California. The Liverpool legend will now return to British shores, with Anfield manager Jurgen Klopp saying Gerrard would "always be welcome" at the club, amid speculation he could return in a coaching capacity.

Celtic has also been credited with an interest, with ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers thought to be keen on a reunion with his former captain and keeping the 36-year-old's playing days going. And Gerrard has confirmed that playing and coaching offers have been put to him, giving him a testing decision to make in the coming weeks.

"I've learned a lot. Off the coaches and off my team-mates and I'll certainly use that for myself moving forward," Gerrard said. "Although I'm going back to England to live, it's certainly not the end of me in football terms. I've got a lot of things to consider over the coming weeks and months and I'm sure I'll be back involved in the game somewhere down the line."

"I've got options on the pitch, off the pitch. I've got a bit of thinking to do over the next two, three weeks. I'm not ready to make a decision or finalise anything that I'm going to be doing moving forward. What I will say is I'm going home to spend some time with my family and basically go over my options and decide which is the next best challenge for me."

Gerrard's departure follows his former England midfield partner Frank Lampard's decision to leave New York City FC upon the expiration of his contract.

Like Gerrard, Lampard has been linked with a coaching return to his former club Chelsea.

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