(AFP) – Feb 7, 2009
ROME (AFP) — AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani admitted on Saturday that his club and Los Angeles Galaxy were a long way from a agreeing a deal over David Beckham.
Galliani confirmed that the Italians had made a bid for the former England captain, who is on loan at the San Siro until March 8, but that the two parties were not even close to an agreement.
Galliani's comments came after Galaxy chief executive Tim Leiweke earlier acknowledged that an offer was made, which the Los Angeles Times had claimed was worth 10 million dollars.
"We made an offer to Galaxy which they didn't accept," Galliani told Sky Sport ahead of Milan's clash with Reggina. "However, there is a willingness to talk with one who offers, in this case Milan, and another who evaluates the offer.
"For the moment we're a long way away (from a deal) but there's still a month left."
Galliani's comments seemed to confirm what Leiweke alluded to earlier, that a deal for Beckham will eventually be agreed, once the two sides come to a compromise.
"We need to end the distractions, the circus and the zoo. If David ultimately is an asset for this team, we want him back," Leiweke said.
"If David ultimately has a hunger and a desire to come help us make the impact on the pitch that we wanted to make with him but haven't done yet, then he's an important member of this team and our intention is to bring him back.
"Clearly, if David's in a position where he wants to finish the season in Milan, and Milan in turn compensates the Galaxy so that we can suffer no damages to our fans or to our team, then we'll take a look at it," he added.
Meanwhile, Galliani spoke once again of how delighted Milan are with Beckham's contribution to the team, which included two goals and two assists in his first five matches.
"He's doing really well and he has an incredible desire," added Galliani. "Last Wednesday we played in Glasgow (in a friendly against Rangers), he had a cough and a bad cold but he didn't want to come off.
"Beckham is well brought up, he carries his own bags, he cleans his own boots, he opens and closes the water bottle and hands it back rather than throwing it away.
"He's an old school type of play that I like very much."
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