AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has cast doubts as to whether new loan signing David Beckham will even play a game for the Serie A giants.
"I don't even know if he'll be able to play for us," the Dutchman told Sky Sports News. "I mean the first goal is for him to get fit and in the best shape possible.
"Training with a club like AC Milan will definitely improve his game even if it's only from a training point of view.
"But I don't know if he'll play, that's another thing completely."
Beckham's stated motivation for moving to Italy is his determination to extend his England career, with manager Fabio Capello having warned he would miss the proposed friendly against Spain in February if he was inactive.
And Seedorf believes he has made the right decision.
He added: "He should focus on his physical state, train as hard as possible in a structure that's one of the best in the world to prepare for games with England which I think is his final goal and that's right.
"2010 is not that far away so he has to work hard and show Capello he's still here."
Yet Seedorf claims he is thrilled to welcome the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder to the San Siro.
"I was in Albania for a friendly match when we found out," he said. "There was a lot of discussion about Beckham coming an we were all excited about how it would work, how he would fit in.
"Everyone is excited of course, we're looking forward to it.
"Personally I will help him out to achieve his goals, knowing that he's a great professional and he'll help us to do the same thing."