It was verified the then 33-year-old would link with Milan on January 7 and return in March.
AC Milan revealed the loan signing of David Beckham from Los Angeles Galaxy on this day in 2008, with the former England captain sticking with the Serie A giants for longer than at first prepared.
It was verified the then 33-year-old would link with Milan on January 7 and return in March, however the midfielder’s appealing early screens implied he remained in Italy for the rest of the 2008-09 campaign.
At the time of the preliminary statement, Milan director Umberto Gandini was inquired about the capacity for Beckham
sticking with Milan on a longer-term basis.
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However Gandini informed Sky Sports News: “David is dedicated to the Los Angeles Galaxy and the MLS. He thanks them for the chance to let him work and train with us, we’re very pleased for that.
“Only David knows his future, but for sure, he has a commitment to go back to the MLS and I think he will fulfil that.”
Beckham looked for to keep his match physical fitness to ensure he remained in the England squad, as he closed in on a record variety of caps for an outfield player.
Composing on his blog site on davidbeckham.com, Beckham stated he was eagerly anticipating playing in Italy.
Beckham (centre) remained in Italy for the rest of the 2008-09 campaign (Owen Humphreys/PA)
The former Manchester United winger discussed: “Among the factors I wish to train and play in Milan for a couple of months is the fact that the MLS season does not run as long as the European season and having actually played the majority of my career in Europe, my body has been trained and tailored not to have that quantity of time off.
” Clearly, I will be honoured to be provided the possibility to train and play with the likes of Ronaldinho and Kaka, however it also offers me the possibility to keep my physical fitness up and bring that on for when I come back to the Galaxy for the new MLS season.
“Next season is an important one for the Galaxy.”