Lalas rules out early arrival for Beckham
LA Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas has denied suggestions that the American club will move for David Beckham before the end of his Real Madrid contract.
Real manager Fabio Capello's decision to draw a public end to the midfielder's playing days at the Bernabeu prompted speculation that Beckham would begin his Major League Soccer (MLS) career earlier than planned.
But Lalas said: 'Our position is unchanged with regards to David Beckham. We look forward to welcoming him in the summer and we respect his chance to honour his contract with Real Madrid.
'All our plans are that we will welcome David here in the summer.
'It would not be proper for an official from another club to comment on his situation in this context.
'We've made a point of letting him focus his attention and letting him focus on his team.'
Lalas admitted his excitement at securing Beckham's signature but reiterated the club's belief that his record-breaking transfer is as much about footballing ability as star quality.
'The positive impact and the response has been unlike anything our team or our league has ever seen.
'The attention and interest from everyone continues and I'm really interested in watching our players deal with the situation.
'But first and foremost he is an incredible soccer player. The most important part of this equation is that we thought we were getting a first rate player who can help us on the soccer pitch.
'We all agreed he was a player we were interested in whether or not his name was David Beckham.
'We could not be any happier,' he added.
The former USA international, who once scored against England in a friendly, also brushed aside the belief that Beckham's move to the MLS was a soft option.
'Beckham is coming to the Premier club in the US, the jewel of Major League Soccer. LA Galaxy has very high standards for any of our players not just David.
'[Those suggestions] are representative of a lack of knowledge that exists about the USA and the level of the soccer.
'It's rather insulting to the players and the teams we have over here. I think it's much competitive than many leagues around the world and David will be challenged in ways he has never been before and he's going to help elevate things.'