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Jan, 27, 2009

Ancelotti hits back at Arena over Becks talk

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at criticism from LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena over the way his club have made public their desire to keep Beckham. Arena has angrily spoken out against Milan's stated hope to keep Beckham as well as Bayern Munich's stating of their plans to keep hold of Landon Donovan.

He said on Monday: "I'll say what we've said all along: we have two players out on loan agreements. Those loans end March 8th. We've never stated anything otherwise, and I'm not sure if it's appropriate for club officials at the biggest clubs in the world to be making comments without having contact with us.

"If I had a player on a loan agreement I wouldn't be talking about acquiring that player unless I talked to the club. "

But Ancelotti hit back at the former Team USA coach, saying the decision lay firmly at the feet of Beckham: "Milan is a serious club, a very serious club," he said at a press conference. "There is no new agreement with David. The current agreement is the contract which allows him to stay with Milan until March 9.

"Then the decision is up to him and neither I nor the club want to get involved."

However, by handing the England international a regular berth in his side, Ancelotti has already made Beckham feel at home.

"I don't want to force anything regarding him, but I can only say that, despite the short time he has been available, he has already understood what it means to be at Milan and what we all think of him," he added.

"Obviously if he stays, we would all be delighted, but he has a contract and it will be he and only he who decides what he wants to do.

"Milan is doing nothing, other than taking advantage of the ability of a great sportsman.

"A player like Beckham can be useful to any team, and that also means the England national team."

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