Beckham paying out of own pocket to stay in Milan

Updated: 09 March 2009 10:50 IST

David Beckham is paying a large amount of money out of his own pocket to remain with AC Milan, club chairman Adriano Galliani has said.

Milan:

David Beckham is paying a large amount of money out of his own pocket to remain with AC Milan, club chairman Adriano Galliani has said.

"A lot of players show their affection just with words. David Beckham is one of the very few who has shown it with deeds," Galliani said on Sunday after Beckham extended his loan deal from the Los Angeles Galaxy through the end of the Serie A season.

"I won't cite any numbers, but I can say that the player will stay with us until June. He has made an incredible economic commitment, paying a lot of money from his own pocket," Galliani said on RAI state TV.

Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy announced late on Saturday that the club had struck a "multimillion dollar deal" to enable the former England captain to remain with Milan through June 30.

"Let's say it's official, even if we're still lacking the final papers," Galliani said.

Beckham performed well in the playmaker position during Milan's 3-0 win over Atalanta on Sunday. Filippo Inzaghi scored a hat trick.

"He was involved in the action and handled himself very well," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said of Beckham's performance.

The Galaxy had sought USD 10 million for the outright purchase of Beckham, but Milan officials had offered USD three million. The two sides were negotiating for weeks and agreed on the loan extension hours before it was due to expire after the Milan-Atalanta game.

After the MLS season ends in November, Beckham could return to Milan, either in another loan deal or a full transfer.

"It wasn't possible to make a definitive choice, so a temporary one was taken," Ancelotti said. "He'll stay here until the end of the season, then he'll go back (to Los Angeles). Then we'll see what happens in November."

Beckham wants to stay with Milan to improve his chances of making England's team for next year's World Cup.

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