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Beckham on target again for Milan

Fabio Capello and David Beckham
Capello and Beckham may be reunited for the Spain game

David Beckham capped another fine game for AC Milan with a goal - in front of watching England coach Fabio Capello.

The 33-year-old netted a trademark free-kick against Genoa - but did limp off before the end with an injury to an abductor muscle.

Meanwhile, LA Galaxy have insisted Beckham has no interest in extending the agreed three-month loan spell.

Senior executive Tim Leiweke said: "He loves it in LA. His kids go to school here and there is no story."

Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment, who own LA Galaxy, told the LA Times: "David is under contract to the Galaxy and I had a good, straightforward conversation with him before he left.

"He wants a better Galaxy team, we're going to have a better team and David has no interest in going. We have a contract and we have a handshake. He's going to return to the Galaxy."

However, Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, president Silvio Berlusconi and club lawyer Leandro Cantamessa have previously expressed their desire to extend Beckham's stay beyond 8 March, when he is due to return to Los Angeles for the start of the Major League season.

"If Beckham comes to an agreement with Galaxy, we are ready to pay a figure. In the coming days we will meet his advisors," Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani told Italian broadcasters Sky Sport 24 on Tuesday.

"If Los Angeles Galaxy decide not to sell him, they won't sell him."


Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has suggested that AC Milan should speak to the American club first before making their thoughts public.

Ancelotti responded by stating that the only deal Milan has in place with Beckham is the current one.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder has already proved a hit with the Serie A giants. He has started all four games and scored two goals, the first in the 4-1 win over Bologna.

He asked to be substituted in the 1-1 draw against Genoa on Wednesday with an abductor muscle injury in his groin, but hopes to be fit for Milan's game against Lazio on Sunday.

Beckham said: "I felt it before the game and then again just before half-time. I got to 20 minutes in the second half and I felt it a little more. It's painful but hopefully I will be fit for the game at the weekend."

Capello was at the game to check Beckham's form ahead of the friendly against Spain on 11 February.

The midfielder added that he had not spoken to Capello. He said: "The most important thing is that I concentrate on my game here and my fitness. If I get in the England squad, great. Everyone knows how much playing for my country means to me."

If he plays against Spain he will equal Bobby Moore's record of 108 caps for an outfield England player.

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