David Beckham said on Sunday it would be difficult for him to return to Los Angeles Galaxy if his permanent move to AC Milan does not materialise.
The England midfielder, on a two-month loan at Milan, wants to stay in Italy but Galaxy said on Friday that he must go back to Los Angeles after a Major League Soccer deadline to complete the transfer passed.
"I've said I want to stay here and if I do go back then it will be a bit difficult but we'll have to wait and see what happens," Beckham told reporters after his side's 2-1 defeat by Inter Milan.
Milan have said they still hope to sign the 33-year-old full-time irrespective of the MLS deadline.
Asked if there might be an outcome in the next few days, Beckham said: "I don't know. It is out of my hands and they'll be talking in the next week or two."