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The Major League Soccer outfit remain adamant that 'Golden Balls' will line up for the American season opener on March 22 as planned.

Los Angeles Galaxy today stated that on-loan midfielder David Beckham is due to return from AC Milan as originally planned, despite rampant transfer speculation.

The England international joined the Rossoneri on loan from Major League soccer in January in a bid to maintain fitness during the American close season, and did so in some style: Beckham's form has been a revelation during his time in Italy.

So impressive was he, in fact - and so lucrative is his likeness still considered - that AC Milan duly made public their attempt to retain Beckham's services on a permanent basis. Meanwhile Beckham himself has stated in no uncertain terms that he is eager to remain at San Siro.

But LA Galaxy have maintained that they have no intention of losing one of their star assets, their deadline of February 13 for an improved offer from AC Milan having long since passed.

Today they confirmed this stance in a phone interview with's Andrea Canales, stating that Beckham will return to the Golden State as planned.

"He plays on the 8th," said the Galaxy press office, referring to AC Milan's Serie A encounter with Atalanta on March 8th.

"He's due to head back after that game."

In other words, Beckham has just over a week left as a Milan player before he once again dons the white jersey of Los Angeles - unless a late deal can be thrashed out.

Ewan Macdonald & Andrea Canales,

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