Beckham wants to stay at AC Milan, leave LA Galaxy
Thursday 5 Feb 2009 12:34 p.m.
David Beckham wants to make his stay at AC Milan permanent and leave the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The England midfielder's three-month stint in Italy is due to end on March 8, but after impressing in Serie A he wants to cut short his contract with Major League Soccer.
Beckham made the announcement today after playing the first half of Milan's 2-2 friendly draw at Glasgow Rangers.
"At the moment my lawyers are not talking to the Galaxy but I have expressed my desire to stay at AC Milan now and it's just down to Milan and Galaxy to come to an agreement," Beckham said. "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 and do as well as I have."
Beckham was about two years into a $32.5 million, five-year contract with MLS. The Galaxy had no immediate comment.
Since arriving in Italy, Beckham has scored twice and helped to lift Milan up to second place in the Serie A standings.
"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.”
"But 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."
The 33-year-old Beckham wants to maintain his place in the England side and play at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"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," he said. "I think people have seen the way I've been since playing at this level again.”
"It's nothing against the MLS and the football over there, because it's a game that will grow but it will take quite a few years. I'm still confident that will happen eventually, but I want to have a chance of being involved in 2010 and I believe my best chance of doing so is to remain here."