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Monday, January 12, 2009
Kaka keen to link up with Becks permanently

Soccernet staff

AC Milan star Kaka has expressed his hope that David Beckham will stay at the Italian giants beyond his current loan spell.

The England midfielder is due to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy in March but Brazilian playmaker Kaka said Beckham had already shown his star qualities.

Kaka told a news conference in Zurich ahead of FIFA's world player of the year gala: ''David has shown that he is a player ready to run the extra mile. The first matches showed quite clearly what his qualities are and 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.''

Beckham's advisers have been insistent that there are no plans for him to stay at AC Milan beyond March 9.

However, former Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas last week expressed his fears that Beckham will be tempted to bring an early end to his time in the USA.

Lalas said: ''He's back in his comfort zone at AC Milan, playing with one of the biggest clubs in the world, with a tremendous amount of talent around him, with incredible money out there on the field so it must be, in a weird way for him, a relief to get out there.''

Milan technical director Leonardo stressed ''everything is possible'' when he was asked about Beckham.

Looking back to last night's clash with Roma, Leonardo told BBC Sport: ''It was a fantastic match for David and he gave us a lot. We are very happy with him.

''We have an agreement that he will stay for two months (but) everything is possible. We will see.''

Beckham made his Serie A debut on Sunday when he played 89 minutes and impressed as AC Milan drew 2-2 against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico, but doubt still remains over his long-term future.

After the game against Roma, Beckham admitted to being pleasantly ''surprised'' that Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti had given him a start.

''I feel very good, very strong, a lot stronger than I thought I was going to feel,'' Beckham said. ''I had fun out there. I was surprised to have started the game but I am happy. Playing out there is what I love doing and I enjoyed it.

''When we had the meeting before the game, Ancelotti told all the players what the team was and that's when I found out. I didn't think I would last that long but I felt so good.

''At half-time I felt really strong. I think the manager saw that I felt good, that I still had energy and he kept me on. And I'm glad the manager kept me as long as he did because I needed time on the pitch in order to get match fitness.''

Beckham, who aims to continue playing for England, was asked if Capello had told him anything before playing for Milan, a club Capello once coached.

''Everybody knows I have a very good relationship with Fabio,'' Beckham said. ''He's a great manager. He gave me advice to play football at the highest level.

''It is great to play at this club and to be out there with some great players. I'm enjoying being part of this team and training with these players but I will take it one step at a time. It's pretty amazing to be among some of those players and I'm glad to just give them the ball and they'll deliver.''

Whether or not Beckham will not be with AC Milan at the end of the campaign the club's objective is to overhaul the three-time defending champions Inter Milan who are nine points ahead of them in the table with Juventus in second - five clear of the Rossoneri.

''That's what we want to do as a team, that's what we want to achieve," Beckham added. "We are disappointed to have drawn the game against Roma because we were leading and we felt comfortable.

''But that's football, Rome is a tough place to come and play but one point is not enough to be satisfied. We know football can change quickly. We have some of the best players in the world so everything is possible.''




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