Lalas questions Beckham loan move

04 January 2011 09:43
Former Los Angeles Galaxy boss Alexi Lalas says David Beckham should not move to England on loan.Tottenham are trying to arrange a temporary deal for Beckham, 35, while Newcastle and Blackburn are also keen. [LNB]"American soccer fans are saying David Beckham has given a lot but he has also taken a tremendous amount out of Major League Soccer," Lalas told BBC 5 live. [LNB]Meanwhile, Blackburn owners, The Venky Group, have said the club are "open whenever [Beckham] is ready to come". [LNB]The Chair of Venkys, Anuradha Desai, revealed that attempts had previously been made to link up with Beckham. [LNB]Lalas, though, feels that former England skipper Beckham may be persuaded to stay at the Galaxy after his club-mate Landon Donovan ruled out a loan move. [LNB]The Galaxy begin their season on 15 March against Seattle and Beckham has previously used the 2009 and 2010 close-season breaks to play on loan at AC Milan.[LNB] Lets take chance I say Terrynayloywalksonwater The midfielder's second spell with the Italian side came to an early end when he suffered an Achilles tendon injury playing against Chievo in March. [LNB]A subsequent six-month lay-off ruled Beckham out of the World Cup in South Africa. [LNB]He was also a marginal figure in the Galaxy's run to the final of the Eastern Conference, starting only five regular-season matches. [LNB]Lalas believes without the motivation of trying to force his way into England's squad for a major tournament, a third loan move for Beckham would be less sympathetically received in America. [LNB]"The reason David Beckham went over to Milan was to prepare, in theory for the World Cup," he added. [LNB]"I think that was commendable and understandable to a certain extent but now it is happening once again." [LNB]Beckham was jeered by a section of LA Galaxy fans on his return for his first loan spell in 2009 while some fans have reacted angrily to the prospect of losing their star once again. [LNB]Donovan, who spent spells at Everton and AC Milan in 2009 and 2010 respectively, has said he would not take up any similar offers this year. [LNB]"I have been playing nearly non-stop for the past two years and I believe that this decision will allow me to perform at my best for the Galaxy," he said in December. [LNB]"When Landon Donovan comes out and says that it certainly puts pressure on David Beckham," added Lalas. [LNB]Donovan, who is the United States' leading goalscorer, criticised Beckham's commitment to his American employers after his first loan spell at AC Milan was extended in a 'timeshare' deal between the two clubs. [LNB]"At a minimum, you should bust your ass every day and that hasn't happened," he said in a book called 'The Beckham Experiment'. [LNB]Beckham described Donovan's comments as 'unprofessional' but the pair were reconciled after talks with coach Bruce Arena.

Source: BBC_Sport