Beckham vows to ride out LA storm
David Beckham insists he is staying with the LA Galaxy despite a hostile response from some fans to his return.The England midfielder was booed by sections of the crowd at his first home game after a loan spell at AC Milan. But he said: “At the end of the day, I play my game, whether I get booed or not doesn’t matter to me.” He also denied reports he is planning to put his Beverly Hills home up for sale, saying: “That’s not true… it’s just another rumour.” Beckham, 34, provoked the wrath of some Galaxy supporters by missing the first half of the Major League Soccer season in order to play for AC Milan. He was keen to satisfy England boss Fabio Capello’s demand for him to play at the highest level to remain in the running for international selection. Beckham, England’s most capped outfield player with 112 appearances, is keen to play on until the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
He said he could handle any negative reaction in LA sparked by his attempts to prolong his England career. “It is not about whether I can move on. To be honest, all I’m going to do is play my football, and as long as it’s good enough for myself and the team nothing else matters,” he added. But the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star admitted: “I don’t like my family seeing that and hearing that (abuse), from an organised group of fans. “I think it was disrespectful, some of the things that were being said and also some of the banners, but it is what it is.” Beckham has a five-year MLS contract, which began in 2007 and allows for him to spend the off-season on loan at a European club. He added he will be available for England’s friendly against the Netherlands in August, if selected. “Everyone knows that I’ve always been available for my country whether it be a friendly or a qualifying game, so I’m always available,” he said. “I’ve spoken to (Galaxy coach) Bruce (Arena) and he’s more than happy that if I get called up for my country he and the club totally support that, so it’s not a problem.” Asked about rumours he and his family are selling their LA base, Beckham joked: “As far as I know, no. I hope not because I want somewhere to live (here) for quite a few years.”