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Vote: Should David Beckham snub the MLS and stay in Italy?

Mr B must be tempted to sack off Major League Soccerball

It takes an awful lot to make Milan fans turn up at the San Siro these days, and the promise of seeing new signing David Beckham before the match with Udinese was enough to put bums on about half the available seats.

Despite the lukewarm welcome, Beckham will wear black and red until March, starting with a winter training camp in the UAE. Some are simply calling the loan a cynical marketing exercise, yet the benefits of playing for a top European side (well, a UEFA Cup side) are clear: he will be able to maintain fitness, perhaps earn a place in the World Cup 2010 squad, and if Ronaldinho and Kaka allow it, he could even bang in a few of his trademark free kicks.

Beckham is contractually obliged to return to Los Angeles for the new Soccerball season, but he has admitted that he has looked into Italian schools for his kids, suggesting the loan may become permanent.

He may have raised the profile of the game in the US and hanging out with Tom Cruise is super great fun, but the LA Galaxy are still as shit as they were two years ago, and he risks falling off Fabio’s radar if he goes back to stare at cheerleaders in sunny California.

So, should Backham return to the MLS, or should he take the opportuntiy to stay with the Rossoneri, should such an opportunity present itself? Votes and comments below, please.

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6 responses so far
  • JDO // December 22, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Why would Milan want someone who isn’t even the best player on the worst team in MLS?

  • Ellsass // December 22, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I’m an American who wanted to get into the MLS, but it just doesn’t compare. The Beckham Experiment is over, it didn’t work (sadly), though it did help a little. Maybe if we had a few more Beckham’s come through on a regular basis it would help, but if soccer takes hold in the US it’ll be done slowly. Beckham himself won’t help anymore so he should just do what’s best for him, which is to stay at a big European club and let the next star in line go to the MLS.

  • Gabriela Nesta // December 22, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Christ, no – it’s bad enough we’ve got him for three months, we don’t want to bloody well KEEP him!

    Once he’s finished treating us like Butlins he can sod back off whence he came.

  • Outsider // December 24, 2008 at 7:52 am

    You are funny Gabriela Nesta. Why would getting him for three months will be bad? If you really worried that he would mess everything up, than 3 months is more than ok for Milan. Plus, it’s not like he will be guarantee a playing time while he was there. He just wanna train with the first team..if they give him a chance on the bench than that is more than good to him. And you are really ungratefull person..at least he can provide some stand in for your injured players..maybe for Gattuso’a place one or two times. And believe me, Milan need a decent right winger.

  • Somebody // December 24, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Oh yeah..instead of him treating Milan as Butlins, I think it’s Milan who’ll use him totally. You should greatfull that Beckham will leave you with loads of money which eventually will make you able to buy some new great defenders for a start.

  • Visitor // December 24, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Galaxy fans are up in arms, considering the loan to be a “betrayal.” They obviously do not know that loans are common in the rest of the world, often a good move for the home club if an otherwise valued player is in a spell of poor form either technically or mentally as Beckham has been the latter part of this season. Also missing is the question of how playing for a non-rival club can be considered such.

    I do believe people should back up their commitments and Beckham has made one to LA, but with athletes there is the short career problem. With MAYBE only two years at best that Beckham might be able to play at top flight, it is harsh to oppose his leaving MLS. Most of us thought he should have signed for Milan when he got the offer when leaving Madrid and suspect he didn’t realize exactly what playing in MLS would be like. I guess any fan of the sport would prefer to see a player where he can best perform — if he still has the game Milan squad would tempt anyone…we’ll see if he can fit in, and if the question really comes up.

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