Arena welcomes Becks loan
LA Galaxy coach says everyone will benefit from the loan
By Steve Pass. Last Updated: 30/10/08 8:49pm
Arena: Welcomed loan
LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has welcomed David Beckham's two-month loan stay at AC Milan in the New Year.
The coach believes everybody will benefit from Beckham joining the Italian giants for January and February.
Arena is looking forward to getting the player back for the new season in March fully fit and raring to go.
He told Sky Sports News: "I think its fantastic - I think it is something David wanted, we want the player to stay fit and I know he'll get that at AC Milan for the months of January and February.
"This is an agreement we've reached with AC Milan for a loan that will be for two months. We fully anticipate that David will be playing with the LA Galaxy in March."
Arena has previously been quoted as saying it was an 'odd proposition' and he did not see where it would benefit the MLS or the Galaxy, but he insists his comments were misconstrued.
"Well that was in response to a question that was pertaining to a six-month loan and I thought a six-month loan would be very odd - to lose a player for the beginning part of our season and that's what my reply was to so I think that was perhaps misconstrued a bit.
"But clearly I think this is an ideal situation for David - I think it benefits David, it can benefit England, it can benefit the LA Galaxy and hopefully it benefits AC Milan as well."
Arena added that the Galaxy's season is likely to begin on the weekend of 19-21 March "so David will be back, he'll have a couple of weeks training with our team and we'll be ready to really kick off in a good fashion in 2009 because certainly our club has been very disappointed in the results over the past two seasons."
Asked if he was concerned Beckham could pick up an injury while at Milan, he replied: "He could pick up an injury doing anything so that's all part of it - I've been involved in clubs where I've had my elite players away for loan for short periods of time just like David is taking this loan to AC Milan.
"It is all part of it, you can get injured in training camp, you can get injured playing with another club on a loan.
"We fully understand the potential risk involved but I feel comfortable in the situation."
He said Beckham's loan will change his plans for how he prepares for the next season "a little bit."
"Obviously not having a player of David's status around does throw a little bit of a wrench into your planning," he said.
"However I don't think it is anything we can't overcome so we welcome the loan, we are excited about the potential of getting David back into the swing of things and having him report to camp in March in Los Angeles as a fit player so we think everyone will benefit from this transaction."
Beckham is just one game away from equalling Bobby Moore's outfield caps record for England and asked how much that motivates the player, Arena replied: "I can't speak for David personally but I think what motivates any top level footballer is the fact that playing for your national team is the greatest honour and then having the potential to perhaps play in another World Cup is what every player dreams so I think these are the things that motivate him."