January 12, 2007 07:15 PM

David Beckham says he called good friend Tom Cruise before accepting a multi-million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Reuters reports.

“Obviously I asked him for his advice because he is a very wise man and a very good friend of mine,” Beckham told journalists about his two phone calls with Cruise. “It’s going to be a big help for us to have friends when we arrive in L.A.”

Beckham, 31, who had been discussing contract renewal with his current team Real Madrid, has experienced a slight career slump in the last year, losing the captain slot of the English team in last summer’s World Cup. He announced Thursday that he and his family would move to Los Angeles after her finishes playing in Madrid this season.

“After discussing several options with my family and my business advisers I have decided to join (the) L.A. Galaxy and play in the MLS (Major League Soccer) from August,” Beckham said in a statement.

And Beckham and wife Victoria will be a welcome addition to the Los Angeles scene. The couple has already become quite close with Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes. The Beckham’s attended their Rome wedding in November and have dined with the newlyweds in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile last fall, Victoria Beckham took a trip to Paris with Katie Holmes to scope out French Fashion week.

“They both love Los Angeles,” a Beckham family friend tells PEOPLE. “It will be good for their careers, they adore the lifestyle, the weather and it would be brilliant for their boys.”

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