Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Beckham eager to stay with Milan

David Beckham has confirmed he wants to secure a permanent move to AC Milan from his American club LA Galaxy.

David BeckhamBeckham denied his lawyers were talking to the Galaxy, as Milan general manager Adriano Galliani had earlier claimed, but hopes the two clubs can agree a deal.

"I have expressed my desire to stay," he said. "Now it's just down to Milan and Galaxy to come to an agreement.

"I have enjoyed my time here. I knew I would enjoy it but I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I have."

Beckham was speaking in Glasgow on Wednesday night after playing the first 45 minutes for Milan in their 2-2 friendly draw with Glasgow Rangers.

DaMarcus Beasley opened the scoring for the Scottish side before Alexandre Pato and Ricardo Kaka struck for Carlo Ancelotti's side. Sasa Papac's late effort secured a draw for the hosts.

Beckham, 33, is on loan at the San Siro until 9 March and has helped lift the Rossoneri to second place in Serie A, scoring two goals and creating another two.

"I've expressed my desire to stay here for a while but at the moment I'm still a Galaxy player," Beckham said. "I respect the Galaxy and everything they have done for me. They have always been great to me.

"I hope they can come to an agreement and it's down to the clubs now. At this point it's out of my hands. I've said what my feelings are to both clubs.

"To be given the chance again to play at this level at my age is pretty incredible and I've enjoyed it so much I would like to continue it. I think people have seen the way I've been since playing at this level again."

Galliani had said earlier on Wednesday that Beckham's lawyers were already talking to Galaxy.

"If they show themselves to be ready to look at a deal, we would be really happy to do so," Galliani said.

Beckham is registered with the Serie A giants until 30 June, so if a deal is agreed with the Major League Soccer side then the loan term can be extended outside the transfer window, which closed on Monday.

Milan have taken that into account by including the England player in their UEFA Cup squad.

"We are looking to get him either on loan until the end of the season or on a permanent basis," added Galliani. "Otherwise, with the greatest regret from everyone - starting with me - Beckham will have to go.

"Players can make their choices but their clubs can refuse their wishes.

"Moreover, Los Angeles Galaxy have always been very nice to us and have behaved in a very gentlemanly manner.

"In any case, at this moment there are no dealings and we haven't made an offer but Beckham's lawyers are talking with Los Angeles.

"There is time until 8 March to get us round a table and close a possible deal."

Source: BBC Sport

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