Tuesday, January 27, 2009


WHEN THE MOON hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.

AC Milan has fallen in love with David Beckham and anyway you slice it, the England midfielder should still be playing his football in Europe rather than the United States.

Beckham has proved a much bigger hit in Italy than the USA since joining Milan on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The 33-year-old has played in all three of Milan’s Serie A games this year and scored his first goal for the club in their 4-1 rout of Bologna on Sunday.

Not only has he proved a hit with the fans but his contribution has also been recognized by his teammates.

Kaka, Milan’s star striker from Brazil, said: “The first matches showed quite clearly what his qualities are along with his passing ability and his capacity to play well.

“Perhaps these first two months will lead to six months or to one year, to more contracts. I certainly would like to play more with him.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, who said: “Beckham knows what our wish is. We all hope that he can stay with us.”

Beckham’s three-month loan period expires on March 9, the date he is due to return to the Galaxy and prepare for his second season in Major League Soccer.

After investing a reported $250 million to secure Beckham’s services for five years, the Galaxy are hardly likely to let him go after only one year – unless, of course, some financial settlement could be reached.

AC Milan officials plan to meet with Beckham’s agents shortly to see if anything can be done.

Milan keen to keep England midfielder

Adriano Galliani, the Milan vice president, is quoted as saying: “If Beckham reaches an agreement with the Galaxy, we are prepared to pay a fee.

“If he decides to free himself and wants to stay, we will welcome him with open arms, but he belongs to another club and we’ve got to thank them because they were very kind to us.”

Quite clearly, Beckham has failed to make the impact on US soccer that both the Galaxy and MLS were hoping for.

LA failed to make the playoffs last season, thus enabling Beckham to join Milan on loan.

The simple truth is that Beckham is not a player who can win games single-handed. He’s not a Pele or a Franz Beckenbauer 

He can’t head, he can’t tackle, but what he can do is pass with amazing accuracy and deliver the perfect ball into the box from set pieces.

His abilities are far better suited to a team containing other superstars than one wanting to make him the focal figure.

In other words, he is of far more use to Milan than he is to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Beckham is just one game short of becoming the second most-capped player in English football history. He currently has 107 behind Bobby Moore (108) and Peter Shilton (125).

He has a far better chance of adding to that list while he’s playing for Milan rather than the Galaxy.

That’s why it would make sense for both Beckham and the LA Galaxy to cut their losses now and let him make a permanent return to European football.

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