Well, it’s all but impossible to know just what’s really going on with the Beckham transfer saga. Reliable sources are contradicting themselves left, right, and center, and this may be due to both clubs deliberately muddying the waters for journalists (it happens quite often in big transfers). So I’ll give you some snippets and we’ll have to stay tuned, because David’s technically due back in LA the end of this week…
Beckham loan move close to being extended
On-loan Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham could stay on at AC Milan until the end of the season on a ‘timeshare’ agreement, although the Italian club have said no deal has been struck yet. [...]
”We are in fact working on the possibility that he remains on loan until June 30 but no agreement has been reached.”
On Monday, Galliani confirmed the club’s intention to sign Beckham, but revealed their idea was now to extend his loan until June – after which point he will return to LA Galaxy, and then in January he will join the club for free as he has a clause in his contract which allows him to leave the MLS in November.
“I hope I succeed in sorting it out that he stays until 30th June,” Galliani told the club’s television station. “After that he can go back to Los Angeles, before returning to us next January.
“That is what we are trying to do. It is complicated as we always knew it would be, but we are still trying.”Keep reading
Deal would send Beckham back to LA after Milan finale
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena confirmed Tuesday that no deal has been finalized.
“There are three options at this point. We have the ability to call back the loan on March 9, or he can be transferred March 9 or he can be loaned and possibly returned,” he said in Carson, Calif.
Beckham has a five-year contract with the Galaxy worth $32.5 million. He can opt out of his MLS contract at the end of the season.
“Nothing has been stated publicly that he’s leaving,” Arena said. “No one has said that he’s leaving.”
Arena dismissed talk that AC Milan was trying to intimidate the Galaxy publicly.
“There’s been no bullying; there’s been discussions and negotiations,” he said. “The better you are at negotiating, you take a stronger stance at times. The bottom line with us is that we need to do what’s right for our organization.”
Beckham has repeatedly said he wants to remain in Italy.
“I’m happy to be here with Milan and I reiterate that I would like to stay,” he said in Doha, according to Milan’s Web site. “I’ve really been enjoying myself, I have extraordinary teammates, I’m playing for one of the strongest teams in the world and I’m coached by one of the best managers in the world.”Keep reading
Video: Doha Presser, Becks Wants to Stay
In the press conference leading up to the Qatar XI vs. AC Milan match, Becks expressed his desire to remain in Italy again:
Arena expects Beckham to return to Galaxy
The David Beckham saga took another twist tonight when Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena insists the England midfielder is expected back in the United States next week. [...]
“There’s nothing that’s been stated publicly that he’s leaving,” Arena said. “No-one has said he’s leaving. We’ve been consistent from the start. We have players out on loan. We expect them to be back on March 9.
“We expect Landon Donovan to be back March 9 (from a loan spell with Bayern Munich). We expect David Beckham to be back. If something changes, we’ll react to that the proper way.”
Arena said the wrangling over the services of the 33-year-old player, with Milan failing to meet the Galaxy’s valuation of the midfielder, had distracted him rather than his players as they prepared for the new season.
“More to me than the team,” he said. “They’re going on with the business of pre-season, trying to earn positions on the team and getting better. Players on loan have nothing to do with what they’re doing. They haven’t asked me one question.
“Where did we have Landon Donovan going 60 days ago? We had him gone as well. You simply can’t worry about it. It is what it is. If you want to track back the last 60 days in this exercise you could fill a mental hospital.”Keep reading
Beckham Praise From Ancelotti
Sita found the following as a “good news” counterpoint to all the drama.
While the Rossoneri continue to try and prise the England midfielder away from LA Galaxy on a permanent basis, Ancelotti has not held back in his praise.
“He made a good impression on me with his performance and character,” he told French football magazine, So Foot.
“On the field Beckham is the first to see everything. His vision is better now than when he played at Manchester United.
“He is slower than Kaka, but he is tactically and technically better and is also very intelligent and hard working.”Read more
NEW Gallery: Qatar XI vs. AC Milan
We’ve got some photos from today’s friendly for you here. AC Milan won 2-1 and Becks played the first half.
Happy Birthday, Brooklyn
Today is Brooklyn’s 10th birthday. 10 years already! Here’s happy birthday compilation video someone did (like they did the one for Cruz’s birthday). It’s world’s weirdest song for the subject matter, but the pictures are adorable.