Saturday, February 07, 2009

Galaxy want more for Beckham

LA Galaxy have told AC Milan they must up their current offer if they want to prolong David Beckham's time in Italy.

The England international has made no secret of his desire to remain at the Serie A giants past the end of his current loan deal

The experienced midfielder has even suggested that he would be willing to cut short his contract in America and finish his career back in Europe.

Milan are yet to reach an agreement with the Galaxy which will allow that desire to be fulfilled, with the MLS outfit unwilling to do business with the current terms on the table.

"We need to end the distractions, the circus and the zoo. We just received an offer. It was rejected," Galaxy chief executive Tim Leiweke told the Los Angeles Times, "If David ultimately is an asset for this team, we want him back.

"If David ultimately has a hunger and a desire to come help us make the impact on the pitch that we wanted to make with him but haven't done yet, then he's an important member of this team and our intention is to bring him back.

"Clearly, if David's in a position where he wants to finish the season in Milan, and Milan in turn compensates the Galaxy so that we can suffer no damages to our fans or to our team, then we'll take a look at it.

"But we have made it very clear to them that we expect David back here on 9th March. They agree and understand we own the contract. They understand the only way we do this is if, when this is all said and done, the Galaxy benefits.

"If the Galaxy comes out better without David than with David, then we'll take a look at it."

Leiweke added: "We understand his infatuation with playing on the world's most popular club team right now, and we understand his trying to mentally get around the idea of coming back to play with a team that didn't make the play-offs in MLS last year.

"That said, David and us actually are talking. He has never forced our hand on anything. This is not a legal conversation and has never been a legal conversation. He does not have lawyers looking at the contract.

"David has made it very clear that if our decision is to bring him back here, he will return. Period.

"Last time I checked, we're the ones that have the contract. So the decision as to where David's going to play this year is as much ours as anyone's.

"If David comes back, it will be because there were decisions made by all involved and he'll accept that. I don't think he'll be as disgruntled as the media makes it out to be."

Source: Sky Sports

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