The Beckham transfer saga

Becks will not force Milan switch, says Arena

February 12, 2009

Los Angeles Galaxy boss Bruce Arena believes David Beckham will honour his contract if a permanent move to AC Milan fails to come off rather than try to force his way out.

There has been no breakthrough yet on making his loan to Milan permanent, with talks ongoing, as Beckham prepares for the clash against city rivals Inter this weekend.

Beckham, 33, equalled Bobby Moore's England record of 108 caps for an outfield player when he featured against Spain yesterday and the focus is now on where he will play his club football, with Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber insisting a deal must be agreed before the weekend.

Arena told BBC Radio Five: "We understand his interest in wanting to stay at Milan but we need to protect the interests of the LA Galaxy first and foremost, and that's what we're doing.

"We will continue to examine this issue until the end of the week when the league has set a deadline for the transfer."

The former United States national team boss refused to reveal the fees involved.

"There are a variety of things we've discussed but it's not public information and when Milan give us what they feels is their best offer, we'll examine it and make a decision whether it's in the best interests of our club or not," he added.

"If David Beckham returns, he is a good professional and he's going to play, and play well.

"David Beckham understands what a contract means, he will honour his contract, whether it's with LA Galaxy or AC Milan."

Arena added: "David is a great player, we'd miss him if he leaves, no question about that. However it's a team sport and one player doesn't make a team.

"We'd be thrilled to have him return but if we lose Beckham, we lose him. That's football."