Beckham quiet on Milan future

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David Beckham remained tight lipped over his AC Milan future today amid frenzied scenes as he arrived in Scotland.

The former England captain touched down just before midday at Glasgow Airport with the rest of his Milan team-mates for tonight's friendly against Rangers at Ibrox.

But in an atmosphere reminiscent of the chaos which greeted Argentina boss Diego Maradona when he visited the city in November, Beckham refused to answer any questions.

The 33-year-old's future has been the subject of speculation since he joined Milan on loan from the the Los Angeles Galaxy this month.

Milan general manager Adriano Galliani revealed today Beckham's lawyers are in talks with the MLS club over extending the midfielder's stay at the San Siro.

Beckham has scored two goals for Milan and on Sunday provided two key assists to help his side to a 3-0 win at Lazio - a result which propelled them to second in the Serie A table.

The England star's loan deal is set to end on 9 March but Galliani had previously admitted the club would love to keep him for longer and the wheels have now been set in motion.

"Beckham's lawyers are talking to the Los Angeles Galaxy who are the rightful owners of his registration," said the Milan chief.

"If they show themselves to be ready to look at a deal, we would be really happy to do so.

"At the moment, there's neither optimism nor pessimism.

"The player belongs to Galaxy. We wish they decide to release him, but if they don't change their minds, the player is theirs.

"We are looking to get him either on loan until the end of the season or on a permanent basis. Otherwise, with the greatest regret from everyone - starting with me - Beckham will have to go."

Galliani added: "Players can make their choices but their clubs can refuse their wishes.

"Moreover, the Los Angeles Galaxy have always been very nice to us and have behaved in a very gentlemanly manner.

"In any case at this moment, there are no dealings and we haven't made an offer, but Beckham's lawyers are talking with Los Angeles.

"There is time until March 8 to get us round a table and close a possible deal."

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