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Villa's Laursen backs Becks' AC Milan switch

Aston Villa skipper Martin Laursen believes his former club AC Milan and David Beckham would be "ideally suited for each other'' after the Italians revealed they hope to sign the England midfielder on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham is considering making the move to Serie A for a four-month period during the close season in the United States.

It would almost certainly help the 33-year-old in his bid to cling onto his place in the England squad as he closes in on the 108-cap tally of World Cup-winning skipper Bobby Moore.

Laursen, who won the Champions League during a three-year spell with Milan before joining Villa, said: "I think David Beckham is still a very good player. He stills feels fit and he has got ambitions to play for England.

"He is a player that really loves his football and he wants to play as long as he can. I am sure he loves his country, is proud of playing for England and, for me, the move to AC Milan is not that big a surprise if he wants to come back to Europe and play.

"AC Milan is a club that can bring in these big names. We have seen that before with Ronaldinho and Ronaldo and, when I was there, Rivaldo came.

"I can mention so many big, big names. They have the money to do that and Beckham is still a very good footballer and I am sure he is going to do fine.''

Laursen added: "The pace is not as demanding in Serie A as it is in England and Beckham has still got a very good right foot, puts in good crosses, works hard, loves his football.

"AC Milan will get a lot of attention with signing Beckham and they like that. Serie A is also not as demanding physically as the Premier League. I think he is going to be fine.

"Milan is also a place where there are a lot of big names, so Beckham is not going to be the only one, and Milan as a city is a place where you can walk around.

"There are other big celebrities in the city. Posh (Beckham's wife Victoria) is going to love it. It is a great place to do shopping.''

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