England international set to complete a repeat move back to Italy and cause yet more of an uproar Stateside!
AC Milan want David Beckham to return to the San Siro in January – and keep the former England skipper’s World Cup dream alive.
Three Lions chief Fabio Capello reiterated last night that he needs Becks to be playing in a major European league throughout the winter to be considered for a place in the final 23 in South Africa.
Beckham, who will earn his 113th England cap – just 12 short of Peter Shilton’s all-time appearance record – against Holand tonight, is understood to be keeping all his options open.
Spirs and Chelsea have both been suggested as possible clubs ready to do a deal but Milan President Silvio Berlusconi is ready to open negotiations with Beckham’s bosses at LA Galaxy to ensure he leaves America for another short-term loan in Serie A.
Beckham cited Milan’s world-renowned medical facilities and the training programme he did under Carlo Ancelotti as a huge factor in his form for the Italian club and England after he joined at the turn of the year, with the programme likely to guarantee he Ashley Young and Carlton Cole set to start for England against Holland remains in peak physical condition.
A spokesman for Beckham confirmed: “There is no deal yet but Milan have made it clear they would like David to return.
“At this stage it is still early in the negotiations between Milan and the Galaxy.”
The need for Becham to be playing in a major country was confirmed by Capello, who helped organise his initial move to Milan last term.
Capello said: “I have said that if David will play in Europe, he will be with us in South Africa. But without him playing through the winter it’s impossible.” (Daily Mirror)
So here we go again, David Beckham is set to flee LA again for the footballing mecca that is the San Siro, should we be surprised, hell no!
Since Becks has returned to LA Galaxy action he has come in for some serious abuse, which he both should have expected and should have been able handle without snapping as he has done on two occasions.
This is a man who has dealt with far worse in the way of heckling during his lengthy spell at Man United than he has recently encountered, so why now has he suddenly risen to the fans bait and reacted? Simple really, he has responded to the abuse in the manner in which he has, mainly because he knows he deserves it and he knows he was in the wrong.
If he does indeed go out on loan to AC Milan in January I would expect him to ever return to MLS, once bitten twice shy as they say. In his post match interview following England’s friendly draw with Holland, Becks stated that he is 95% sure he will be coming back to Europe in the new year, which will of course have a resultant effect on his fitness/form and desire to continue his LA Galaxy career.
All in all this is turning into a very costly mistake on behalf of those who originally offered the midfielder such a huge contract but one would hope that any attempts by the 33 year old to try to back out of his deal will result in the back tracking superstar having to fork out some serious money to bring a legally binding end to his MLS career.