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Ex-England Captain Steven Gerrard To leave LA Galaxy. Photo: AFP

Former Liverpool and England skipper Steven Gerrard says he has ”options on and off the pitch” after announcing he will leave MLS club LA Galaxy.

The 36-year-old joined Galaxy in 2015 and scored five goals in 34 appearances during two seasons in America. The midfielders’s contract expires at the end of December.

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“It’s certainly not the end of me in football terms,” said Gerrard, who has been linked with Newcastle and Celtic.

“I’m going home to spend time with family and decide the best challenge.”

“I’ve got options on the pitch, off the pitch and I’ve got a bit of thinking to do over the next two, three weeks.”

Galaxy were beaten on penalties by Colorado Rapids in the MLS Cup play-offs on 6 November.  And Gerrard admitted he was disappointed at not fulfilling his “objective” of helping Bruce Arena’s side win the trophy.

Proud of his accomplishments

But he said he was “proud” of his accomplishments in the US, adding his time there was an “incredible experience”.

Arena said Gerrard – who won 114 England caps – was “one of the most iconic players of all-time”.

Gerrard’s move away from MLS comes a day after former England team-mate Frank Lampard announced he would leave New York City FC.

But neither have offered clarity on their futures, although Gerrard is adamant he will “be back involved in the game”.