David Beckham will be allowed to move away on loan from the L.A. Galaxy in January – but the club wants him to arrange a deal soon.
Beckham is expected to return to Milan in a repeat of the loan spell he enjoyed earlier this year, as he looks to retain his fitness levels and remain in Fabio Capello’s squad for South Africa.
The Galaxy have qualified for their first MLS post-season since 2005, but they do not want Beckham’s attempts to secure a loan move to hinder his form.
Tim Leiweke, chief executive of Galaxy’s parent company AEG, said: ”We have a deep appreciation of what he is doing over here with his national team. I wanted him to know that we will support him so we are going to lend him out.”
Although Leiweke is happy to loan Beckham to a European club prior to the World Cup, he is confident the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star return to the Galaxy to serve out his contract.
”We know he has to be playing in Europe leading up to the World Cup,” he added. “That has been made clear to us, and we are going to support that. He will be somewhere come January and we will see him back in July.
”We have a contract and despite people thinking we’re going to sell him, we’re not. David is going to finish his career with the Galaxy.”
Galaxy want Beckham’s loan deal sorted out soon so he can concentrate on a title challenge with his club.
”We want to get it done, for him and for us, because we have work to do over the next few weeks and I don’t want any confusion,” Leiwiceke added. ”It’s the same with Landon Donovan, there are a lot of rumours of whether he is staying or going. We’re going to clear that up in the next two weeks because we want the team to be focused.”
Leiweke is also hoping Beckham can attract other big names to the club in the future.
”If we don’t have a player like David going around telling every other great player that we’re co-operative and it’s a great place to play and ‘you really should go and do this’, if we don’t have him as our ambassador then we’re never going to get other players to take that kind of risk,” he said. ”That is the battle for us. We can’t do this with one guy.”