Thursday, October 30, 2008

Beckham to join Milan in January

AC Milan have confirmed that England midfielder David Beckham will join the club on loan from 7 January.

The 33-year-old's representatives held talks with the Italian giants on Thursday and quickly reached agreement on the terms of the deal.

Beckham, who plays for US side LA Galaxy, wants to stay fit during the MLS close-season and is set to return to the US in March for the new season.

Beckham, who has 108 caps, is keen to keep his place in the national squad.

England manager Fabio Capello believes Beckham's signing is a good piece of business for AC Milan.

"Milan have made a good addition," said Capello, who coached the Rossoneri from 1991-96 and 1997-98.

"At Madrid I left him out of the squad because he had signed a contract with Los Angeles but he continued to come on the field and train and I put him back in the team.

"He is a very serious lad, very sensible, a professional. People think he is a playboy off the field, it's not true at all."

Former England captain Beckham had been a target of Milan before, in January 2007, but opted instead to move to Los Angeles from Real Madrid.

Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has given the blessing for the midfielder to join up with his squad, and provide more competition for places.

Earlier this week LA Galaxy announced they have postponed their December tour of Australia because of Beckham's impending move to Italy.

LA Galaxy had been due to face the Queensland Roar on 11 December in Brisbane but will rearrange the fixture for a later date, yet to be confirmed.

"We were not in a position to absolutely guarantee David Beckham's availability," said Galaxy's business operations president Tom Payne.

"To avoid disappointment for the fans it was decided to postpone this game."

However, the Galaxy will still play a 6 December fixture against an Oceania All-Star team in Auckland, New Zealand.

Beckham scored against Sydney FC last November, when the Galaxy previously toured Australia.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder is hoping that a move to Milan will boost his chances of selection in the national squad.

Source: BBCi

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