Milan have confirmed that England midfielder David Beckham will join the club on loan from 7 January.
The 33-year-old’s representatives flew into Milan on Thursday for talks with the Italian club on Thursday and reached agreement on a deal that will see Beckham stay in Italy until March.
Beckham, who plays for US side LA Galaxy, wants to stay fit during the MLS close-season to maintain his place in Fabio Capello’s England set-up.
“Milan have made a good addition,” said Capello, who coached the Rossoneri from 1991-96 and 1997-98.
“At Madrid I left him out of the squad because he had signed a contract with Los Angeles but he continued to come on the field and train and I put him back in the team.
“He is a very serious lad, very sensible, a professional. People think he is a playboy off the field, it’s not true at all.”
Former England captain Beckham had been a target of Milan before, in January 2007, but opted instead to move to Los Angeles from Real Madrid.
Milan director Umberto Gandini told Sky Sports News: “Only David knows his future, but for sure he has a commitment to go back to the MLS and I think he will fulfil that.”
Earlier this week LA Galaxy announced they have postponed their December tour of Australia because of Beckham’s move to Italy.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena gave Beckham his blessing, despite the risk of returning to American with an injury or suffering fatigue later in the MLS season.
“I think when players don’t go 100% they get hurt, so I’m not going to give him any advice about pulling out of tackles,” said Arena.
“David’s a very experienced player and he understands when to go into challenges and when not to.
“Once in a while it doesn’t always work out that way but if he goes and can play and train in that environment against players of that quality, it can’t be at 50%.
“He needs to play at 100% and he needs to position himself to get on the field for first-team minutes.
“Players can get injured whether they are in training camp or playing games and there’s no method you can create that can prevent injury.”