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MLS close season has midfielder searching for match action

Former England captain David Beckham has admitted he is seeking a loan move to Europe this winter in a bid to win back his national place.

The 35-year-old has spent the last two winters on loan at AC Milan from his parent club LA Galaxy, but has revealed a move to Italy will not happen a third time.

With certain Premier League teams interested in signing the former Manchester United player, he was quick to add he would not be moving back to England unless it was to his alma mater.

"I won't be going back to AC Milan this time because is not possible to go onto the roster for such a short length of time," Beckham said after picking up a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

"But I will be going back somewhere as I want to keep myself fit and keep myself in with a chance of getting called up for England again.

"To do that, I have to be somewhere so fingers crossed I can sort something out."

Beckham, whose season with Los Angeles does not begin until March, has trained with Arsenal in previous years to maintain his fitness, but he will not be looking for playing time in England.

He said: "I have always missed playing in the Premier League since I left it almost eight years ago.

"It is a great league and one of the most competitive in the world. Maybe one day I will come back here but I have always said that it will only be for Manchester United.

"I am not holding my breath on that one, but we will have to wait and see."

The midfielder intimated he was keen to return to the England setup after he saw his World Cup plans ruined by a torn Achilles tendon in March, ruling him out for the entire finals.

"My body feels great after my injury," he said. "I always said I needed to get that back into order and keep my fitness and we will see.

"I love the game and am not done with playing the game yet. I might be 35 years old but I still feel that I can play at the top level for another couple of years. Hopefully, I can do that."


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