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Beckham Hopeful Of Stay In Milan Despite Deadline

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MILAN (AP) -- David Beckham has reiterated his desire to remain with AC Milan, while reports suggested that Major League Soccer's Friday deadline for a deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy could be pushed back to next week.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said Wednesday that all negotiations must be completed by Friday, but The Times of London said the two clubs were set to hold talks next week.

"Milan and Galaxy are negotiating and I hope to stay in Italy. Physically I feel great," Beckham was quoted as saying in Friday's Gazzetta dello Sport. "I love playing for Milan. I've expressed my desire to remain in Milan and now I have to wait."

Beckham has won over the skeptics who thought his loan to AC Milan was nothing more than a marketing exercise and is now set to play a key role in Sunday's game against Inter Milan.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player has started every match, scored twice and been included on AC Milan's roster for the UEFA Cup.

"For the moment it couldn't be going better. I have nothing against Galaxy - Los Angeles has been a wonderful experience - but at Milan I have found great players who have really helped me," Beckham said. "In the last month and a half my condition has improved 100 percent. I've worked hard, which I like."

On Wednesday, Beckham equaled Bobby Moore's total of 108 England appearances by an outfield player in a 2-0 loss to Spain in an exhibition. However, he downplayed the possibility of beating goalie Peter Shilton's England record of 125 appearances.

"I take it one match at a time, something I do with Milan and the national team," Beckham said. "Being part of the national team is important. England are developing and if I can be part of the group it will be a great result."

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