Saturday, January 24, 2009

Beckham wants to stay with Milan, say reports

David Beckham is learning Italian and is determined to stay at AC Milan, it has been claimed.

The former Manchester United star, who is on loan from LA Galaxy to the Serie A side, is even willing to take a drastic drop in wages.

Top-selling Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport splashed the news across its front page with a headline in English reading: 'Beckham Forever.'

The paper also claimed that he was staying up until the early hours every day to brush up on his Italian verbs - not an easy task - and had downloaded conversation classes on his iPod for away trips on the coach and plane.

His current contract with LA Galaxy is worth an estimated $200million over five years but he is willing to sacrifice this in order to ensure a continued place within the England side.

Insiders at AC Milan said Beckham had 'fallen in love' with Milan and enjoyed its climate because it was very similar to Britain's.

His contract ties him to LA Galaxy until the latter half of 2011, but he can get out after three which would be in October.

The former Real Madrid winger would therefore be able to move to Milan in the 2010 January transfer window but Beckham feels this is to late as he would be almost 35.

He wants to ensure regular football so he can play in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa for his beloved England and Fabio Capello's No 2 Franco Baldini has been keeping an eye on him.

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has also praised Beckham and said:'He is a great player. At first we were criticised for taking on a doll but now there is regret that he is leaving in March.

'We always knew that this was the deal. I always knew that he would be useful to us and for our plans.'

Baldini refused to comment on what future plans they had for Beckham but Gazzetta said that 'secret moves' were underway to ensure that he stayed at AC Milan.

Source: Daily Mail

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