David Beckham has got his wish and is to remain on loan at AC Milan until the end of the Italian league season.
Under a unique timeshare deal, the former England captain will stay at Milan until June, return to the LA galaxy for a few months before once again rejoining Milan.
It’s understood that Beckham, who was originally due to fly back to the States on 9th March, has taken a pay cut to in part fund the deal. His first game back for the LA Galaxy will now be on 18th July.
The only issue that has yet to be settled is Beckham’s position at the end of next season – under the arrangement he will only be on loan at Milan until then.
However, under his current deal, Beckham does have an escape clause which comes into effect in November, halfway through the term, though he would have to pay hefty compensation to exercise it.
Although its widely understood that the deal is done, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani refused to confirm the arrangement saying:
There are no updates but I am more optimistic.
The Galaxy and us are going back and forward with corrections to the documents but we should be there although it’s not official.
We are on the right path. The crucial day for the signing could be today, tomorrow or Monday. But the important thing is that Beckham is here and that playing for Milan.