Arena Opens The Door To Beckham's Milan Stay

Arena has changed his stance on the Becks affair, perhaps influenced by the player's intention on staying in Italy.
Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has given up hope of stopping Milan from keeping David Beckham on a permanent deal as he concedes the MLS club will take action for the benefit of all involved in the deal.

Arena has always shown a fist of steel and was adamant on having Beckham back, but he has changed his stance after the England midfielder stated his desire was to remain in Milan, rather than fly back to Hollywood.

"Whatever happens happens," Arena told the club's official website.

"Whichever the outcome of the deal, it will be for the good of the club. This is a deal and we are waiting to see exactly what happens, which is the same as what we usually do with any other Galaxy deal.

"Of course, we will always put the needs of the club and team first.

"I just hope that all the news about Beckham does not create any distractions or complications for my players during our preparations."

The Rossoneri and Beckham have always revealed their intentions to ensure a permanent stay before the expiration of the player's loan deal on March 9.

The latest reports from Italy suggest the Englishman is looking to buy the famous Villa Mozart property just outside the Italian fashion capital.

Salvatore Landolina,