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Club: Beckham sure to return to AC Milan

DAVID Beckham's return to AC Milan on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy in January is nearly "100 percent" certain says the Serie A club's CEO Adriano Galliani.

Beckham has long been linked with a second loan spell at Milan, after performing well in a six-month stay with the Serie A side last season.

"A great player will arrive, his first name is David, his last name Beckham," Galliani was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency yesterday. Galliani made the remarks to Sky Italia.

"It is practically 100 percent certain, what's missing is the signatures, but there is total agreement," Galliani added.

Beckham, who wants to return to Europe to maintain his place in England's 2010 World Cup squad, has helped the Galaxy reach the eight-team MLS playoffs for the first time in four years.

The Galaxy will play archrival Chivas USA, which shares the same Home Depot Center stadium as Beckham's side, when the Western Conference semifinals get underway. Chivas will be the home team for the first match on Nov. 1, with the Galaxy hosting the return leg Nov. 8. The MLS final is Nov. 22.

The former England captain played on Saturday as the Galaxy clinched their first division title in seven years with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Now led by former U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena, the Galaxy won their sixth Western Conference title. They also captured MLS Cup championships in 2002 and 2005.


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