3 Nov 2009

Beckham to go back to AC Milan again

9:01 am on 3 November 2009

The England football star David Beckham will rejoin AC Milan on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy in January, boosting his hopes of a World Cup squad place.

The 34-year-old midfielder will stay in Italy from January to June before returning to Galaxy and Major League Soccer.

Beckham, who made the same move last season, wanted to repeat the loan after England coach Fabio Capello said he needed to be playing in Europe to remain a contender for the squad for the World Cup starting in South Africa on June 11th.

The former England captain has mainly been used as a substitute by Capello, who was not prepared to consider the country's most capped outfield player if he was out of action during MLS's long close season from November to March.

His second loan, the financial details of which have not been released, has been in the pipeline for months despite reports some English Premier League clubs were interested.

Beckham upset Galaxy fans and officials last season when he decided to stay in Italy until the end of the campaign rather than return to Los Angeles in March under the original deal.

His relationship with Galaxy fans has improved however, after he helped the team win their MLS division last month and qualify for the playoffs.