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Galliani reiterates Beckham's move is short term

David Beckham will only be spending three months at AC Milan before returning to the Los Angeles Galaxy, so says Adriano Galliani the Serie A giant's increasingly exasperated vice-president.

The 33-year-old Major League Soccer star will join Milan on loan in January in an effort to remain match-fit in the MLS off-season and therefore part of England manager Fabio Capello's plans.

However, high profile fans of the Rossoneri including Pier Silvio, son of club owner Silvio Berlusconi, have expressed the hope that Beckham will commit for a longer period.

But Galliani said: ''I want to make clear that the club does not have any future projects for him (Beckham).

''All we know is that he will come to Dubai (winter break) and then he will return to Galaxy in March, besides that nothing else.''

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who was not included in Fabio Capello's England squad for Wednesday evening's international friendly in Germany, is under contract with the LA Galaxy until July 2012.

Meanwhile, Milan have confirmed their interest in signing Brazil defender Thiago Silva from Fluminense.

With captain Paolo Maldini set to retire at the end of the season and Alessandro Nesta struggling with recurring back problems, the Rossoneri are eager to strengthen their defensive line.

Ronaldinho and Kaka have expressed their wish to see their international team-mate arrive at the San Siro and Galliani said of Thiago: "He is a great defender.

"Our Brazilian players have spoken very well of him. However, we must clarify that we would only be able to sign him in the summer because we have our non-European slots already covered."

Thiago, who has had spells in Europe with Porto and Dynamo Moscow, is also a reported target for German clubs Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen.

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