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Sunday, March 8, 2009

David Beckham Extends Loan with Milan until 31 May: "He made a great economic sacrifice to stay with us."

Football - AC Milan v Werder Bremen UEFA Cup Third Round Second Leg
David Beckham will remain at AC Milan until the end of the Serie A campaign. Then he will return to the Los Angeles Galaxy after potential call-ups with the English National Team in June.

Apparently, Beckham had to put up his own money to make this deal happen.

His anticipated first game with the Galaxy will be against the New York Red Bull on 16 July.

Friendly against AC Milan

A few days later on the 19th, he will face his Milanese teammates in a friendly at the Home Depot Center.

Beckham Comments on the Agreement

"Sono grato ad entrambe le società per avere fatto diventare realtà questo sogno. Mi sarà permesso di giocare nella stessa stagione al Milan e al Galaxy, con la possibilità di poter mantenere il mio impegno per la Major League Soccer e per lo sviluppo del calcio negli Stati Uniti, un aspetto che mi appassiona molto".

Source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, 08 March 2009.
"I am grateful to both clubs for having made this dream a reality. I will be allowed to play in the same season with Milan and the Galaxy, with the possibility to be able to maintain my work with Major League Soccer and for the development of soccer in the United States, an aspect that I'm very passionate about."
Adriano Galliani, Vice President of AC Milan, Praises Beckham

“So many players display their affection for a club only with words. Beckham is one of the few who proved it with action. I will not name specific figures, but I can say the player will stay with us until June. He made a great economic sacrifice to be with us, paying a lot of money out of his own pocket.”

Source: Football Italia, 8 March 2009.

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