10/22/08

David Beckham joins AC Milan on loan

AC Milan and David Beckham together!!!: Beckham will play on loan in Milano starting in January.

With the Major League Soccer season in the United States nearly over, Beckham is eager to join another club in Europe so he can remain in shape and keep his place on England's team for World Cup qualifying.

"We'll sign him for a few months and then he'll go back. Beckham has chosen Milan," Galliani said at Malpensa airport. "Our team is very competitive and will remain as is, but Beckham is something different and intriguing."

David Beckham before the first annual COPA Min...          Image via Wikipedia
"David's intention is to maintain his fitness and keep himself eligible for England's selection," Simon Oliveira said. "He very much remains a Galaxy player and he would be in Los Angeles for the start of the 2009 MLS season."

While many Italian clubs are struggling with attendance, Galliani noted that 65,000 fans showed for Milan's home game Sunday with Sampdoria.

"Beckham will bring more fans," Galliani said.

"For me it will be a pleasure," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "Beckham is a serious athlete, a great professional. If he'll be available for four months with us, we'll be very happy."

Ancelotti also indicated Beckham could play for Milan in the UEFA Cup.

"If he becomes available for Milan, evidently it will be for both in Italy and in Europe," the coach added.

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