Galliani: Beckham highly likely to return

ROME - England midfielder David Beckham is very likely to rejoin AC Milan on loan in January, the Serie A club's chief executive Adriano Galliani said on Monday.

"It's highly probable that Beckham will arrive at Milan on loan until June 30," Galliani told reporters at a sport and media convention in Monte Carlo. "But I'm not taking anything for granted until it's signed."

England manager Fabio Capello has said Beckham must return to a top European side from Los Angeles Galaxy to have any hope of making his squad for next year's World Cup finals in South Africa.

The 34-year-old won back his international place during a successful loan period at Milan last season.

Beckham and LA Galaxy chief executive Tim Leiweke have both said recently that a deal to take him back to the San Siro was close to being finalised.