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Beckham remains optimistic

2009-02-22 20:36

Milan - David Beckham said Sunday that the next seven days "will be an important week" in the long running saga over his possible transfer from the Los Angeles Galaxy to AC Milan.

The England midfielder has flourished in Serie A football since joining Milan on a three-month loan that is due to expire on March 8.

At the start of the weekend Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said the club wasn't prepared to go above the US$3 million offer it had made, with Los Angeles valuing Beckham nearer US$10 million.

Asked about his future, Beckham said: "Truly I don't know. I know that next week will be an important week. I want to remain with Milan, I've heard nothing from Galaxy, but when it's like this you say it could be good news."

Beckham played 90 minutes in Milan's 1-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday and was the team's most creative player. He showed no signs of the calf injury that he picked up in the recent international with Spain, a match in which he won his 108th cap.

He is likely to line up for Milan against Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup on Thursday and feels playing outside Europe could damage his prospects of adding to that caps total under England's Italian coach Fabio Capello.

"It is obvious it could affect Capello's consideration," Beckham said. "I love playing football and I want to remain here."

AP