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MLS rake in Beckham loan-deal fee

David Beckham
Beckham is due to go back to the US in July

Major League Soccer (MLS) will receive £6.8m as part of the agreement to extend David Beckham's loan to AC Milan until the end of the season.

Beckham is with Milan on a timeshare deal, but will rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy on 1 July until Christmas.

"We asked for $10 million, we got our $10 million," said MLS commissioner Don Garber. "We don't know where it (the money) is coming from.

"He can't get paid from Milan. Milan could pay us. He could pay them."

In the US players are contracted with the league rather than individual teams.


Milan want the 33-year-old Beckham, who has the right to terminate his Galaxy contract after the 2009 season, back at the Serie A club in January 2010.

"I don't know if he's going to leave after this season whether we would want him back," added Garber.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player is believed to have part-funded his move to Milan himself.

Since returning to Europe, Beckham has moved back into contention as a major player for England, who are coached by former Milan coach Fabio Capello.

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