Sven-Goran Eriksson believes David Beckham still has the ability to succeed in Europe and opened the door for a move to the United Arab Emirates.
Beckham, 37, is yet to choose his next club since ending his five-year association with LA Galaxy last December, and has reportedly attracted interest from clubs around Europe, including English Premier League sides West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers.
Eriksson, who has taken over as technical director at Dubai-based club Al Nasr, said he would like to bring Beckham to the UAE.
"I speak to him regularly, but I don't know what he will do or where he will go," Eriksson told reporters in Dubai.
"I read that he could be coming here to the UAE, or to Australia, China or back to Europe. If he wants to come here, I am sure the club will open the gate for him to come.
"Wherever he goes will be a huge thing for the whole country and their football league, and for that club also. He is the most famous footballer in the world and has a great deal of ability.
"I haven't seen him play for a while, but my ex-assistant, Hans Backe, is the coach at New York Red Bulls and he told me that Beckham could absolutely still play in Europe. He thought he was still very, very good."