David Beckham has agreed to move to Milan on loan in January, the Italian club has confirmed.
The England midfielder, 33, plays for Los Angeles Galaxy, whose Major League Soccer season ends this weekend.
Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani told the BBC: “Beckham has chosen Milan. He’ll stay here in Milan on loan for a few months.
“Our squad is ultra-competitive and it will remain this way but Beckham is something different and intriguing.”
Earlier, Galliani had revealed that the signing was imminent.
“Beckham wants to train and play with Milan,” Galliani told Corriere Della Sera.
“We want him. He will arrive in January and we will sign him for the rest of the season.
“It’s not just a shop window deal, it’s a great deal. He will be avaliable for Ancelotti for Serie A and the Uefa Cup.
“Football today is not just about tactics and technical abilities. It’s about full stadiums and sponsors. No-one can beat the 65,000 fans we had on Sunday.
“The stadiums will only fill up with superstars like Beckham who has asked Milan for hospitality, not another club.
“With him, Kaka and Ronaldinho, it would be a dream team.”
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star is eager to stay fit and remain in England coach Fabio Capello’s plans during the MLS close season, which runs until next April.
Capello has made it clear he will only select players who are fit and in form and with Beckham unable to play a competitive game for five months, the prospects of him adding to his 108 caps seemed remote.
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear he would welcome Beckham’s arrival.
“For me it will be a pleasure. Beckham is a serious athlete, a great professional,” he said.
“If he’ll be available for us, we’ll be very happy.”