LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has expressed his disappointment at rumours regarding David Beckham’s future.
Speculation persists that the former England skipper is keen to extend his loan spell at Milan until the end of the Italian season, or even longer if the Serie A giants get their way.
His current agreement is set to expire on 8th March, allowing him to return to America in time for the start of the MLS season.
However, Milan have hinted they would like to keep the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar at San Siro for the foreseeable future.
Arena, though, is adamant that no such deal will be agreed, while he has also reacted angrily to suggestions that another of his loan players, Landon Donovan, could sign a permanent contract with Bayern Munich.
“A lot of it (the rumours) is inaccurate,” he said.
“There are times when it is accurate. But you can’t react to every press report.
“Somewhere between all this stuff is the truth. I’ll say what we’ve said all along, we have two players out on loan agreements, and those end 8th March. We’ve never said anything otherwise.
“We will honour our end of these loan agreements, and we’ll do everything that is proper.”
Ancelotti hits back
Meanwhile, Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti hit back at the former Team USA coach, saying the decision lay with 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.
“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.
“Obviously if he stays, we would all be delighted, but he has a contract and it will be he and only he who decides what he wants to do.
“Milan is doing nothing, other than taking advantage of the ability of a great sportsman.
“A player like Beckham can be useful to any team, and that also means the England national team.”