David Beckham has fanned the flames in his row with LA Galaxy's fans by admitting he is confident he'll be back at AC Milan next season.
The England midfielder had a furious bust up with supporters in Los Angeles this week during a friendly with the Italian giants, with whom he spent six months on loan last season.
He told the Rossoneri's website he'll return to Serie A at the end of the MLS season but Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has insisted the club won't be buying him.
"I hope to return to play for Milan," Beckham said. "They have remained in my heart and honestly I am confident I will greet them again in November.
"Leonardo wants me in Rossonero immediately? It's really pleasing to see that I have left good memories.''
Beckham was booed in his first home game since his return from Italy on Sunday and had to be held back by stewards after trying to get to a section of Galaxy supporters who were abusing him.
This has led to speculation he is looking for a move away, with Tottenham and Chelsea also credited with interest in him. But Milan say the financial implications are too great.
"There's no possibility for him to come sooner,'' Galliani said. "David knows that the doors of Milanello are always open for him, his lawyers also know that. I hope he returns in January, but before then he won't because that's when the market reopens even though he finishes there at the end of November.
"There are insurmountable financial obstacles. The most likely hypothesis is that Beckham plays for us from January until the end of the season and then returns to America without all the fuss that happened last March. Before January there's no possibility.'
"I saw him on TV playing very well. Not to repeat the same things always but I remember how he was described a year ago. Now everyone realises that he is a great player.''