Becks comes out fighting!
David Beckham has hit back at LA Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan for suggesting he has shown a lack of commitment.
Beckham has returned to the Galaxy after a five-month loan at AC Milan with Donovan’s comments on his mind.
“It is unprofessional in my eyes,” said Beckham, who plans to speak Donovan about the matter.
“In 17 years, I have played with the biggest teams in the world and the biggest players and not once been criticised for my professionalism.”
United States captain Donovan made his comments in a book called ‘The Beckham Experiment’.
He said Beckham’s level of dedication to the Major League Soccer club had waned since his arrival in July 2007, despite the 34-year-old former England skipper being paid “more than double anybody in the league”.
But Beckham said: “In every football player’s eyes throughout the world it would be unprofessional to speak out about a team-mate, especially in the press and not to your face.
“But I’m going to turn it on a positive spin because that’s what this needs.”
“I’m personally very professional when I am on the field,” said Beckham, who has endured a tough time with a Galaxy side that failed to reach the play-offs at the end of his first season and parted company with manager Ruud Gullitt.
“I don’t care what people say about me off the field, once I’m on the field I’m professional and if there is a chance for him to score, I will be giving him the ball.
“Me and Landon will talk, but that will be a private conversation.” (BBC Sport)
David Beckham has been the focus of much anger Stateside for the way he seemingly gave up on the MLS for a jaunt in Italy, only it turned out that the England man quite liked it and tried his hardest to make the move permanent forgetting that he was in fact bound by a very lucrative contract.
Now he is due back for training tomorrow and wants to clear the air with his teammate and no doubt anyone else who has a gripe with the former Man United and Real Madrid man. Whilst its true that the 34 year old is a generally a very professional customer he did go about the whole process in totally the wrong way.
He may have realised during his spell at the San Siro that he still had it in him to play at the highest level and whilst a player should always try to do whats best for their own career they shouldn’t do so at the expense of those who were in fact holding on to his playing credentials.
Whichever way you look at it, be it from a playing point of view or even a straight publicity angle, Beckham’s move to the US hasn’t really worked. His LA Galaxy side are still one of the worst teams in the MLS and his attempts to flee the country only serve to greater accentuate his failures to perform well.
I do not expect that he will be playing football in America for too much longer and the signs are he will buy out his contract and leave when this season it over and done with and in many ways that may be in the best interest of all parties.