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Lalas rules out Beckham loan to Europe

David Beckham will not return to a European club on loan during the Major League Soccer off-season, according to Los Angeles Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas. An attempt by Real Madrid to buy Beckham out of his five-year Galaxy contract in order to stay in Spain was 'politely but firmly' rejected today. And there is seemingly nothing now that can stop the former England captain moving across the Atlantic when his Madrid contract expires at the end of the month. The 32-year-old has hit a superb run of form for club and country in the last couple of months, and with the European and American seasons not running concurrently it left open the possibility of him playing on his home continent. But Lalas was adamant that could not happen, because of the risk of burn-out. He told Sky Sports News: 'We talk about David Beckham and sometimes we don't mention enough that this is a human being. 'His mental and physical rejuvenation is important and we can't run him ragged with what his responsibilities are on and off the field. 'So in the off-season it is important for our players to take the time to rejuvenate for the next season.' Lalas reiterated the Galaxy's desire to help Beckham in any war to further his international career, with the former Manchester United midfielder now considered a key player as England's Euro 2008 qualification enters the final crucial phase in the autumn. 'We're excited. As far as we're concerned it's wonderful for David and it's wonderful for LA Galaxy,' Lalas said. 'His call is to the national team and as I've said before I'll drive him to the airport, it's great for him and it's great for the Galaxy.'