Tak­ing noth­ing for granted

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES -

DAVID BECK­HAM is tak­ing noth­ing for granted de­spite Fabio Capello’s as­ser­tion the 34-year-old will def­i­nitely be in his World Cup squad if he re­mains fit at AC Mi­lan.

Beck­ham has re­turned to Mi­lan for his sec­ond loan spell from Los An­ge­les Galaxy in a bid to re­tain his Eng­land place and add to his 115 caps.

Capello is in­sis­tent the for­mer Manch­ester United mid­fielder will travel to South Africa if “he plays well and is fit”.

How­ever, fol­low­ing his first cou­ple of games for the Ros­soneri, it was clear Beck­ham was adamant he still ex­pected to have to work as hard to earn a trip to South Africa.

Beck­ham said: “It makes me happy but I know I need to work hard.

“It’s not guar­an­teed. If I play in games and I do well then ob­vi­ously I’ve got a chance be­cause I’ve been part of the squad for most of the games.

“It’s great the man­ager says that, I’m re­ally pleased he says that, but I know I’ve got to work hard to be part of the squad.

The for­mer Real Madrid player also un­der­lined how pleased he was to be back at the San Siro, adding: “I missed be­ing in Mi­lan and be­ing with the club be­cause my ex­pe­ri­ence with the club was so spe­cial in six months and it makes you miss the club.

“I missed play­ing, be­ing around the team, the play­ers, the fans and ev­ery­body at the club.

“It was good here last time and hope­fully this time will be just as good.”

In per­fect sym­me­try, Beck­ham will re­turn to Old Traf­ford next month when AC Mi­lan face Manch­ester United in the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons league.

Beck­ham did not at­tempt to hide the emo­tion he felt when he first heard the teams had been drawn to­gether, which will also mark the first time the for­mer Eng­land skip­per will have re­turned as an op­po­si­tion player.

“When I first heard about the tie I think I al­most cried be­cause it is such a spe­cial place for me,” he con­tin­ued.

How­ever, Beck­ham was adamant there would be no con­flict of in­ter­est on the pitch, adding: “I would like to progress fur­ther in the com­pe­ti­tion and, of course, when you come up against a club that you sup­port and a club you have spent so many great years at and where you have still got so many friends at the club, those things are al­ways dif­fi­cult, but it’s a nice prob­lem to have.

“I’ve not re­turned to Old Traf­ford as a player in seven years.

“To be there in front of the fans and the man­ager and friends is go­ing to be in­cred­i­ble.” – The Tele­graph

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