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Leiweke Sure That Beckham Will Return

Back on the West Coast, Anschutz Entertainment Group Chief Executive Tim Leiweke insisted that David Beckham "loves" Los Angeles, and that his move to MLS has been a success. He said that the player will be returning to the team, despite MLS Commissioner Don Garber saying Tuesday that the league would talk about a permanent transfer of Beckham to Milan under the right circumstances.
 
"David is under contract to the Galaxy, and I had a good, straightforward conversation with him before he left and he loves it in L.A.," Leiweke told TJ Simers. "He wants a better Galaxy team, we're going to have a better team and David has no interest in going. We have a contract, we have a handshake, his kids go to school here, end of story. There is no story. He's going to return to the Galaxy."

Leiweke described Beckham as "a world-class impactful player, and it's still a very good move for soccer here. And he's proving me right if you watched the goal he scored for Milan the other day. I look at attendance, teams coming into the league, TV ratings, and we wouldn't do any of that without David. We [the Galaxy] will not succeed here with Beckham until we win on the pitch, but we're going to be in position to do that this season."

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