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Beckham Won’t Be Loaned to Europe Again, L.A. Galaxy CEO Says

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham won’t be loaned out again by the Major League Soccer team, the club’s chief executive officer said.

The 35-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid player has twice joined Italy’s AC Milan on loan since moving to the U.S. in 2007. England coach Fabio Capello demanded he play in Europe to be considered for the national team.

“We’re not going to loan David Beckham to anybody and he’s not going anywhere,” Galaxy CEO Tim Leiweke said in an interview in London today.

Sections of the Galaxy crowd jeered Beckham, the league’s highest-paid player, last year after he returned following time away in Italy. He missed out on playing at a fourth World Cup this year after tearing his Achilles tendon three months before the tournament.

“The only reason we ever lent David out, and the only reason we supported him, was because it was critical for him leading up to the World Cup,” Leiweke said. “That’s what the coach wanted and we respected David. But we paid an enormous price for that. I took an enormous amount of heat from our fans and I would prefer not do through that again next year.”

England suffered its worst-ever World Cup defeat when it went down 4-1 to Germany in the round of 16 in South Africa. That failure prompted Capello to say the team needed refreshing and Beckham would no longer be considered for competitive matches. Beckham, who captained England at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, said he hasn’t given up on playing for his country again. He’s appeared 115 times for the nation, a record for a non-goalkeeper.

Beckham scored the winning goal as the Galaxy went top of the MLS Western Conference two days ago with a 2-1 win over Chivas USA.

“I think (Capello) is making a mistake,” Leiweke said. “Don’t underestimate David Beckham. As he showed again the other night the man has a lot of soccer left in him.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Tariq Panja in London at tpanja@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net

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