David Beckham will begin 2009 on loan at AC Milan after the Serie A giants reached an agreement with his American club Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 33-year-old was keen to stay in shape during the long Major League Soccer close season to protect his England international place, and Milan today confirmed "the agreement is official" for the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder to join the Rossoneri from 7 January.
The length of the loan has not been announced, but Milan would have the option to register Beckham, capped 108 times by England, for the UEFA Cup should they progress from the group stage.
"One of the reasons I want to train and play in Milan for a few months is the fact the MLS season doesn't run as long as the European season and my body is programmed to actually not have that amount of time off," Beckham explained why the move suited him on his official website.
"I've played with two of the biggest clubs in the world, Man Utd and Real Madrid. I've now been given the chance to join up with Milan for a couple of months and I'm very honoured."
The Rossoneri will have Beckham for their Winter break training camp in Dubai in the New Year before the Serie A season restarts with a game against Roma on 11 January.
The new American MLS season is expected to start on March 19.