Paolo Maldini had some complimentary words for his new AC Milan teammate at their Dubai training camp.
"Beckham is a great champion, but we shouldn't forget that he has come into a great team and a great club like Milan," said Maldini.
"We players don't care what his life is like off the pitch, we have found a lad who has not trained for two and a half months, but I have had the chance to talk to him and I noticed his determination and his great desire to put himself to work immediately to return to playing as soon as possible."
According to team physician, Dr. Jean Pierre Meersseman, Beckham is in excellent condition and has several years of competitive football ahead of him.
"He will be at his top level in 15-20 days," he told Sky Italia. "The tests which he did showed that he is already very good.
"He has an exceptional physique which will allow him, as happened to Maldini or (Alessandro) Costacurta, to play for another five or six years."Source: The Independent, 30 December 2008.
For a look at his first training photos with his Milan teammates in Dubai, please click here.