Beckham to join AC Milan on loanOctober 22nd, 2008 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 22 (IANS) English soccer star David Beckham will join AC Milan on loan in January, according the Italian club club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani.The LA Galaxy midfielder is expected to train with Carlo Ancelotti’s side during the Major League Soccer’s (MLS) closed season.
Galliani said the England international will be available to play in Serie A and the UEFA Cup. But Beckham, who is yet to officially agree to the deal, will be available for only two months because he must report back to Galaxy in time for the start of
pre-season training. The new MLS season starts in April.
The 33-year-old is reportedly contemplating the move on the advice of England coach Fabio Capello, who feels that the player will benefit from a brief return to one of Europe’s most competitive leagues.
Capello has maintained that the player won’t be considered for the friendly against Spain in February, if he remained inactive.
“Beckham wants to train and play with Milan,” Galliani said.
“We want him. He will arrive in January and we will sign him. It’s not just a
shop-window deal, it’s a great deal. He will be available for Ancellotti for Serie A and the Uefa Cup.”
Galliani said the Briton’s commercial value had persuaded Milan to go for the deal.
“Football today is not just about tactics and technical abilities. It’s about full stadiums and sponsors.”
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