AC Milan 1 – 1 Genoa
Milan drew with Genoa today, with David scoring Milan’s goal!

Beckham on target in San Siro draw

David Beckham scored his first goal at the San Siro in front of England coach Fabio Capello on Wednesday night but it was not enough to help AC Milan defeat battling Genoa.

The midfielder struck an unstoppable free-kick in the 33rd minute to hand Milan a lead that they held until three minutes from time when Diego Milito pounced for his 13th goal of the season. Read the full report here.

Again, please see the post beneath this one for an explanation of why it’s going to be tougher for me to bring you live viewing links now. I promise I’ll do my best to find resources for you – after all, I want to watch the games too!

The Explosion of AC Milan vs. LA Galaxy
The press are having a field day with this tug-o-war that’s going on with Becks between these two clubs. I’ll present the articles I’ve found (mostly via ESPN) and you can decide to discard them or not. At this point, his loan deal doesn’t end until March 8th, so that’s about as official as any knowledge we have.

Galaxy – Becks will be back

Los Angeles Galaxy insist David Beckham will be returning to Major League Soccer at the end of his loan spell at AC Milan. [...]

Tim Leiweke, who is the president and CEO of LA Galaxy owners Anschutz Entertainment Group, though, expects Beckham to return to MLS.

“David is under contract to the Galaxy, and I had a good, straightforward conversation with him before he left and he loves it in LA,” Leiweke told the Los Angeles Times.

“He wants a better Galaxy team, we’re going to have a better team and David has no interest in going.

“We have a contract, we have a handshake, his kids go to school here, end of story. There is no story. He’s going to return to the Galaxy.” Read the full article here.

Now here’s the reason that the Galaxy have spoken out yet again…

Milan ready to pay £4.5m to keep Beckham

AC Milan are willing to pay a £4.5m transfer fee for David Beckham to remain at the San Siro but, according to chief executive Adriano Galliani, LA Galaxy are yet to agree to a deal.

Beckham’s five-year deal with the MLS club has a break clause inserted that means he can leave California for free in October. Milan aim to offer cash to tempt Galaxy to allow the 33-year-old to stay in Italy. Reports in England suggest that Milan, having held discussions with his American club believe that £4.5m will be enough to get that clause activated.

“If Beckham comes to an agreement with Galaxy, we are ready to pay a figure. In the coming days we will meet his advisors,” Galliani told Sky Sport 24.

“If Los Angeles Galaxy decide not to sell him, they won’t sell him.”

“The player wants to stay with us but even he knows he must return to America.” Read more here.

And by “the player wants to stay with us”, he’s referring to this…

Loan-star Beckham torn over move to AC Milan

David Beckham has revealed he is torn between the “dream” of making his loan move to AC Milan permanent and his contractual obligations to Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy. [...]

Milan have made no secret of the fact they would like to keep Beckham at the San Siro and it seems like the England international is coming around to the idea.

“To play here is the dream of any player,” said Beckham in an interview with Corriere della Sera. “But deciding is not easy; it’s a situation that requires time.

“I am under contract and I have a lot of respect for Galaxy. But the possibility to play at Milan is something special. I knew I would have fun but I didn’t expect to have so much fun.

“The truth is that the Americans are doing everything to improve the level and reputation of their football. The league in the USA is young. I think 10 years have to go by to achieve results.” [...]

“I have to admit that, having played in Europe, at times it has been frustrating to take part in certain games (in America),” he said. “But once in a while, going from state to state, I have also had fun.” [...]

“I feel Milan is very similar to Manchester United,” he said. “It has that kind of tradition that only great clubs have.

“Milan, just like at United, you breathe a particular atmosphere, whether it’s in the training ground, the stadium. And then Milan has that trophy room – this makes you feel special.” [...]

“The first day in Milan’s changing room I was very nervous, like the first day in school,” he said. “But the first true emotion, I felt it when I arrived in December to Milan’s training ground, when I put on the Milan jersey.

“My wife was sitting in front of me and when I put the jersey on and it had the Milan logo, I was in ecstasy.” Read the full story with many more quotes here.

And the speculation juggernaut continues…

Beckham deal almost inevitable
I’m not going to quote from this as it’s an opinion piece, but it might be of interest to some of you. So here’s the link.

Arena vs. Ancelotti

Meanwhile, back in the AC Milan and Galaxy battle, the managers have come out firing.

Arena has angrily spoken out against Milan’s stated hope to keep Beckham as well as Bayern Munich’s stating of their plans to keep hold of Landon Donovan.

He said on Monday: “I’ll say what we’ve said all along: we have two players out on loan agreements. Those loans end March 8th. We’ve never stated anything otherwise, and I’m not sure if it’s appropriate for club officials at the biggest clubs in the world to be making comments without having contact with us.

“If I had a player on a loan agreement I wouldn’t be talking about acquiring that player unless I talked to the club. ”

But Ancelotti hit back at the former Team USA coach, saying the decision lay firmly at the feet of Beckham: “Milan is a serious club, a very serious club,” he said at a press conference. “There is no new agreement with David. The current agreement is the contract which allows him to stay with Milan until March 9.

“Then the decision is up to him and neither I nor the club want to get involved.”

However, by handing the England international a regular berth in his side, Ancelotti has already made Beckham feel at home.

“I don’t want to force anything regarding him, but I can only say that, despite the short time he has been available, he has already understood what it means to be at Milan and what we all think of him,” he added. Full article here.

The saga is sure to go on…

David’s Latest Blog

Hi everyone,

Well, it’s been another good week at Milan. Obviously, to score a goal in only my third Serie A match was great and I’m definitely going to keep my shirt to mark the occasion, but I’m also pleased with the way we played, especially away from home and to come back from a goal down to win 4-1 shows the character and quality of the team.
We’re all working hard for each other and the results are showing. We’re still six points behind Inter, but our form is good, so we just want to keep going and see what happens.
We’re at home to Genoa tonight, who’re four points behind us, so the match is great opportunity to really push on, away from the chasing teams and try to catch the two teams above us. We’re confident and really looking forward to the game.
I’ll let you know how it goes.

Take care,

David

Have You Voted?
There are 5 days left to vote for England’s Player of the Year. Becks is included in the contenders, of course, so if you want to vote visit this page. Down at the bottom you’ll see instructions for voting. You need an England FAN (fan account, it’s free) and links for signing up are provided.

David Beckham Sued Over Bodyguard’s Pap Smack
Thanks to Sita for this update on the situation some time ago when David’s bodyguards were involved in a scuffle with paparazzi.

David Beckham has been sued by a disgruntled photographer who was roughed up last month by one of the soccer star’s bodyguards after Beckham confronted the shutterbug in an attempt to get him off his famous back. (View the lawsuit.)

Emicles Da Mata claims he suffered serious injury Dec. 7 at the hands of Beckham’s unnamed right-hand man, who is also named by the moniker Doe 1 as a defendant in the complaint. [...]

An eyewitness told E! News at the time that Da Mata had been trailing Beckham and wife Victoria when the Brit got out of his car and approached the paparazzo’s vehicle, enticing him to come out. Per our source, when Da Mata refused to budge, Beckham’s muscle went around to the passenger side and started throwing punches. [...]

UPDATE: David Beckham’s lawyer has released the following statement to E! News:

“The allegations against Mr. Beckham are false and are without merit. This is another in a long line of paparazzi cases where they chase celebrities and their families causing endangerment.” Read the full article here.

Beckham’s team-mates touch his bottom for good luck…
Reader Sita also saw this…the version I originally found didn’t have this hilarious photo, so I’m glad to bring it to you:

David Beckham is used to getting a lot of attention both on and off the pitch.

Just maybe not quite this friendly.

The 33-year-old football ace was seen getting groped by his AC Milan team-mates, Andrea Pirlo and Clarance Seedorf during the Serie A stars game against Bologna at the Renato Dall’Ara stadium.

But it wasn’t just a case of cheeky behaviour, the pair were congratulating midfielder Beckham – and also touching him for luck after he scored his first goal for the club he is on loan to for three months.

An AC Milan insider said: ‘Everyone knows Beckham has a golden touch and he has proved that since he arrived.

‘Italy is a superstitious country and people often touch things for luck – the players are doing the same with Beckham and touching his bottom because he is seen as a lucky mascot.’ Read the full article here.

NEW Gallery: AC Milan vs. Genoa
Our gallery elves already have four pages of photos from today’s game here.

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