Los Angeles Galaxy and U.S. men’s national team star Landon Donovan will not be going back to Europe on loan this winter, the club announced today.

Donovan will stay with the Galaxy this winter to rest up for the 2011 season.

“We think in the best interest of the club and the player that Landon continues his postseason break and begins preparations for what will be a challenging year in 2011 at both the domestic and international levels,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said. “We expect Landon to join our club for the start of preseason training next month as we begin to prepare for the 2011 MLS season.”

This is probably for the best for both sides. Donovan needs his rest as he hardly got any time off in 2010. A well rested Donovan will likely mean a better LA Galaxy in 2011, which could be scary to think considering the way the Galaxy were in 2010.