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32, SIMPLY BECKHAM

12/20/2008 9:32:00 PM

He can't wait to start playing for Milan, his shirt number will be 32. "It will be an exciting experience," said David Beckham during the press conference. - THE DECLARATIONS -

MILAN - This afternoon in the Executive Room at San Siro around 19.00, the press conference to present David Beckham was held in the presence of Adriano Galliani. Here are the declarations made by Milan's delegate administrator and by David Beckham:

ADRIANO GALLIANI:
"We are here at San Siro to present David Beckham, who after a long courting which started in the spring of 2007, has arrived to our club today.
On behalf of A.C. Milan I give a warm welcome to David Beckham, who arrives on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy, who I think for their availability. David will be on loan until June 2009, but there is a gentleman's agreement to release David on 9 March 2009. Starting from 7 January he will be officially our player and he will already be available in the first match after the Christmas break against Roma on 11 January. Beckham will be able to play in the league, then it will be the coach who will decide whether to introduce him also into the Uefa list.
David is a player known throughout the world for his great football career started at 17 years of age at Manchester United. During his career, he has won 1 Champions League with Manchester, then he went to Spain where he won a Liga title and we hope he will contribute to more victories for Milan.
After having played for the greatest Spanish and English clubs he arrives in Italy today because it was his desire to play in the most successful club in the world.
It's a joy for A.C. Milan to have the opportunity to have another champion in the squad along with many other champions of the most successful club in the world which is also the reigning world champion until tomorrow at 12.00. So we welcome Beckham, his wife, and the lawyers who followed Beckham in this adventure."

(ON THE PHOTO: DAVID BECKHAM TODAY AT SAN SIRO)

DAVID BECKHAM:
'Good evening to all. First of all I would like to thank Adriano Galliani for the opportunity to be here. I like Italy very much and I am happy to be in your Country. I am honored. I played in important teams in England, Spain and now I have the possibility to play in the most successful Club of the world. I'll work hard to give my best to help my team-mates, as I have always done.
It will be a great work opportunity which will also allow me to stay close to my family.'

ON HIS CHOICE TO MOVE TO LOS ANGELES GALAXY
"It was an important decision, based on a personal choice, it was a challenge I liked a lot. I wanted to make a difference in quality, in America the level of football is different compared to European football, I don't pretend to raise the level of American football on my own, but for what I have been able to contribute it was a pleasure."

FABIO CAPELLO, THE ENGLISH NATIONAL TEAM AND MILAN
"Capello is a great professional, who I respect a lot and who I asked for an opinion on the opportunity that was given to me to go to Milan. I agree with Capello when he says that my call up to the English national team will depend on whether or not I play for Milan. Personally I care a lot about the shirt of my national team with which I have surpassed 100 appearences, I will try to work hard, with an excellent team like Milan that has players of the highest level like Kaká, Maldini, Ronaldinho. I hope that my work will bring me the opportunity to wear the national team shirt again.
Certainly I can't pretend to play from the first minute immediately, I will train with my team mates, and get back into shape. I'm happy that the tests this morning showed I am in better shape than I expected.
My intention is still to work hard, I don't want to ruin the balance there is between my colleagues, but I hope to insert myself in the best possible way inside the group, finding the right automatisms.
This choice of mine has caused a lot of reactions, but all positive. I chose A.C. Milan because they are a club with a great history and which has players of the highest level. For example, Paolo Maldini is a 40-year-old who still plays at an exceptional level, then there are other younger players who are slowly forming themselves, many great champions and it's an honor for me to be a part of this squad and train with them.
Also Carlo Ancelotti is an exceptional manager, a great professional, respected all over the world."

ON HIS SHIRT NUMBER
"I will have the number 32 shirt, the reason is that it was the first number the club offered me an I accepted."

ON THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING HIS CONTRACT
"My contract says that I will stay here until 9 March 2009 and I thank Milan again for this great opportunity that will allow me to train and prepare. I already know it will be difficult to leave."

ON THE ITALIAN LEAGUE
"I am already falling in love with this club, I like its history. One of the reasons behind my choice was this. I have always respected the Italian league for the way they play football, because there is a lot of attention to tactics. In Italy there's a lot of passion for football and in the past I have had the chance to play against a few Italian clubs and the Italian national team. It will be very exciting."

ON THE ITALY-ENGLAND CLASHES IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
"When I discovered that Manchester United would be coming to play in Italy for the Champions League, I was very happy because they are coming on 24 February, when I will still be here and so I will be able to see my former team. In the future I would like to play in the Champions League again."

ON THE DERBY
"I have gathered information on the league games I will be involved in, and I saw that there's also the derby. In the past I have already played many of them in England and also in Spain. Inter have an excellent manager and I think it will be a match with a lot of passion involved which I can't wait to be a part of."

ON THE PRESSURE FROM THE MEDIA
"My past life choices have already put me under a lot of media pressure. When I was at Manchester I was subjected to a lot of pressure, even though I was younger and perhaps I felt it less. It was also that way at Real, but I don't think I will have any problems, I haven't had them in the past. I know Milan have a lot of fans with a lot of expectations and I want to be a part of this team without disappointing them, perhaps helping Milan toward some victories."