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Nov 14, 2008

Becks not staying at Milan beyond two-month loan

David Beckham has no intentions of staying at AC Milan beyond his agreed two-month loan deal, his spokesman has said.

Reacting to a report that Beckham was in talks about staying at the Italian club until the end of the season, his spokesman Simon Oliveira said the England midfielder would be returning to Los Angeles Galaxy as agreed in March.

Oliveira said: "As highlighted last week David has signed a loan agreement with Milan for a two-month period and no discussions have taken place with regard to extending that deal."

A statement by LA Galaxy was reported on Sky Sports News, claiming: "Reports that David Beckham is in advanced talks to extend his loan move beyond March are untrue.

"We look forward to having David back with us for the start of the 2009 MLS season."

Beckham will work with a personal fitness coach for the rest of the year to ensure he hits the ground running when he joins up with AC Milan.

The midfielder is determined to play at least some matches for the Italian giants rather than viewing his two-month loan spell as a mere training exercise and is likely to join up with AC Milan at their post-Christmas training camp in Dubai 10 days before he was originally expected to arrive at the club.

The change to his itinerary needs to be given the green light by the Los Angeles Galaxy, but it is expected to happen, while in the weeks before that, he will work with his personal fitness trainer to ensure that he does not arrive in Italy out of condition.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand says he would love Beckham to break Peter Shilton's record of 125 caps for England.

Beckham will equal Bobby Moore's mark of 108 appearances for the Three Lions if he plays some part in next week's friendly with Germany in Berlin.

He would then be 17 behind Shilton, knowing if he keeps his place in an England side that makes significant inroads in the next World Cup in South Africa, he would have a chance of becoming the most capped England player of all-time.

"He would be going some if he could do that," admitted Ferdinand. "But if he does it then it will mean we've had a good tournament - so I'd love him to do it."

"In an England shirt he's always put in 100 per cent and was probably one of the main reasons we got to the 2002 World Cup after that win in Munich - especially when you remember the game against Greece when he scored in the last minute.

"People keep saying 'does he deserve this or that?' but they forget what he did at Man United before he even went to Real Madrid.

"He won five or six championships, FA Cups, European Cup, League Cups, Charity Shields - so he can't be that bad a player. He's won more trophies than probably Bobby Moore did.

"Of course, Bobby Moore won the World Cup, which is the ultimate trophy. But domestically Becks has won everything. He has warranted being in England squads and England teams.

"In my eyes if you get to 108 caps you deserve to be there."

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