Galaxy stand firm over Becks
LA chief lays down the law to Milan
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: 20/02/09 10:17am
Beckham: Still waiting
Los Angeles Galaxy chief Tim Leiweke insists that AC Milan have a lot of work to do if they want to sign David Beckham.
Leiweke, the president of AEG - who own Galaxy - and CEO of the club, has revealed in an interview with leading Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport that he is not happy with what Milan are perceived to be informing the media about across Europe.
Indeed the Galaxy boss is standing firm and insists they full expect Beckham to report back from his loan spell in Italy early next month, unless Milan come up with an acceptable offer.
"Milan made a ridiculous offer two weeks ago, which I answered 'no' to in a matter of seconds," he told Gazzetta.
"With the offer they made, that would not cover our loss of shirt sales and after that nobody has contacted us again.
"I have now decided to talk, because I have read many wrong things - but to confirm Milan have never called us again.
"They have spoken with other people from the MLS commissioner to David's representatives, but not us! And we own the player.
"They do not seem to understand that at the back of this situation there are supporters threatening to give up subscriptions, TV channels who must decide which games to broadcast, sponsors and opponents who have the right to know if Galaxy will be playing with Beckham or not.
"We must also not forget our transfer market is closed, if David doesn't come back - who do we replace him with?"
Leiweke refuses to condemn Beckham, but his stance confirms that Galaxy will not be relenting over their demands for the England international.
"David is an incredible professional, and I am happy that his Milan experience is going well," he said.
"But I don't want to be made a fool of and so on March 9, Beckham will be back in Los Angeles and he will work with the same seriousness as he had before.
"If Milan really want him, why are they dragging things out? Do they think we will settle for less money? If they do, they are wrong."
Leiweke also welcomed the chance to meet with Milan director Umberto Gandini - who is reportedly set to travel to America for talks with Galaxy.
"I've read news of the possible trip of Umberto Gandini here, I have a good relationship with him and that will continue," he said.
"What really matters is they make us a real offer."