- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 16, 2009
- 2 Comments
- AC Milan, David Beckham
For now David Beckham will be back in MLS.
Yeah, for now.
Multiple reports over the weekend stated the obvious, the Galaxy and their bosses wouldn’t budge over anything that AC Milan threw their way.
“He will be back here on March 9 and we don’t want to entertain any more conversations now,” Leiweke said. “It is a distraction to [Galaxy Coach] Bruce Arena, the team and the fans, and we move on. That’s the last we’re going to talk about this.”
Asked what would happen if the Italian club made an offer over the weekend or next week, Leiweke said: “They’ll come back. Sure they will. But we owe it to our fans [not to consider it]. They’ve been reading all these stories and we lose credibility by the day. That’s not fair. We owe it to Bruce and we owe it to the rest of the team. We’re a month away from our season.”
Leiweke said AC Milan had not come close to offering what AEG and MLS believe Beckham is worth.
“They’ve never been in the ballpark,” Leiweke said, referring to the figure of more than $10 million that MLS Commissioner Don Garber, who imposed Friday’s deadline, said the league would expect to receive.
Wanna know why the Galaxy didn’t get anything done with Milan over the weekend? The latest offer from the Italian side was a mere $3 million.
You read that correct, $3 million. Not $10 million, not $15 million. That $3 million is close to what they’ve gotten before for young American players who eventually return to play in MLS. Can’t blame MLS for turning it down.
Meantime, Beckham suffered a leg injury during AC Milan’s 2-1 loss to Inter Milan at San Siro. After the match, he said “there will be more talks this week between [AC Milan and MLS/Galaxy] and hopefully, as I’ve said before, they can come to an agreement.”
Haha, yeah right. Not gonna happen anytime soon.
Oh the great American soap opera continues folks. And to be honest I think we are only getting started here.