Latest update: 02/11/2009
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Beckham to return to Milan to keep England option open
England midfielder David Beckham will rejoin AC Milan on loan in January from Los Angeles Galaxy, the Italian club has announced. The move should help the 34-year-old former England captain secure a place in England's World Cup squad next year.
By FRANCE 24 (with wires) (text)
David Beckham has signed a deal to rejoin AC Milan on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy in January in a bid to keep open his hopes to play for the England national side.
The club said the 34-year-old England midfielder would be at Milan from January to June.
"We are very happy to resee David Beckham in the red and black shirt after the splendid experience of last season," Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani said in the statement.
"We are sure that this period in Europe will help the player to take part in the next World Cup and then to continue his career at Los Angeles Galaxy, whom we thank for their help."
Milan as first choice
His second loan has been in the pipeline for several months and, although media reports said some English Premier League clubs had been interested, Beckham has always said his first choice was to return to Milan.
Galaxy officials said that as long as Beckham again returned to the US to complete his deal until 2012, they would assist him in finding another loan to Europe if it meant he could fulfil his World Cup ambition.
The former captain has mainly been used a substitute by England coach Fabio Capello, who looks poised to include him in his squad for the World Cup.
Beckham impressed early in his first spell at the San Siro, providing some much needed crosses to the stuttering side, but his form faded towards the end of last season.