Goodbye America, hello Italy

David Beckham will join Serie A giants AC Milan on a short-term loan deal, according to Adriano Galliani, the Italian club’s vice-president.

The LA Galaxy midfielder had been expected to train with Carlo Ancelotti’s side during the Major League Soccer‘s (MLS) closed season, but Galliani says the former England Captain will also be available to play in Serie A and the UEFA Cup.

Beckham joined LA Galaxy two years ago in a move that shocked the footballing world.

“The stadiums will only fill up with superstars like Beckham, who has asked Milan for hospitality, not another club. With him, Kaka and Ronaldinho, it will be a dream team,” Galliani told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“We want him and he will arrive in January for the rest of the season. It’s not just a shop window deal – it’s a great deal,” he added.

Beckham would stay under contract with the Galaxy, but is expected to start on training with the club after the MLS season finishes on Sunday with a view to playing for the club when the transfer window re-opens in January.

“For me it will be a pleasure, Beckham is a serious athlete, a great professional,” he said. “If he is available for us, we will be very happy.”