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Oct 25, 2008

Ancelotti would like to sign Beckham permanently

MILAN, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Loan target David Beckham would be welcome at AC Milan permanently, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Saturday.

The Serie A club is in talks to bring the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder to the San Siro on a three-month loan from January and although Beckham will return to the United States, Ancelotti said he would like to keep him.

"Yes, certainly," he told a news conference when asked if he was interested in signing the 33-year-old for good.

Beckham is considering joining Milan so that he can stay in contention for an England squad place during the U.S. Major League Soccer close season.

"We can confirm that talks are taking place with Milan with regard to a short-term loan move at the start of next year," a statement on Beckham's official website (www.davidbeckham.com) said on Friday.

"David very much remains a Galaxy player, and he will be in Los Angeles for the start of the 2009 MLS season (in March)."

Ancelotti said a short deal was still worthwhile.

"Perhaps we will only be useful to him because we will train him but he could be useful to us, even if it was only for one game," he said.

"We will not consider him a tourist but a fully-fledged player who will insert himself into the squad without problems and compete with the others."

Ancelotti said Beckham might go with Milan on a mid-season trip to Dubai at the end of December if the loan goes through.

In an earlier interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Ancelotti said he once talked with Chelsea directors but never had the intention of leaving the San Siro, where he has been since 2001. He could be tempted away soon, however.

"I would like to coach an African national side at the 2010 World Cup," he said.

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