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Garber: Beckham To Milan Just A Fitness Issue
New York Times , October 28th, 2008 3:30PM

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The Beckham to Milan story crawls on. Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is perturbed that we mortals on the outside of U.S. soccer's inner circle just do not understand what's going on, and so he called up Jack Bell to pour his heart out.

"You can tell that I'm frustrated," Garber told Bell. "There's been incredible noise, and when it comes to David Beckham, incredible excitement. People don't understand what's going on here. He is not being transferred, and the stories that he is not going to come back are ridiculous."

Beckham just wants to spend time in Italy "with one of the top teams in the world," Garber said, so he can remain match fit and available to England's national team. "We have loaned players out in the past during the offseason many times," said Garber, though he didn't add that not one of those players was on a base salary of $6.5 million a year. "It's part of the game. Milan wants him for two months because they know it's better than not having him at all. But we're only willing to do it if it's on our terms and if it's satisfactory to the Galaxy. If not, it won't be approved by us."

"It seems to me that he should be applauded," Garber said. "If David believes it's better for him to go and train as opposed to going on vacation with his family, we will be supportive. This is about him being match fit for the national team and fully fit for the Galaxy." So now you know. And we hope that by this point you are standing at your computer to lead a round of applause for the Galaxy's number 23.

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