New Delhi: With David Beckham set to join AC Milan on-loan from LA Galaxy, The Sun claims that England manager Fabio Capello has been pulling all the strings.
Capello has made no secret of his annoyance at Beckham's current situation in the United States, where the season structure means the ex-Real Madrid midfielder is forced to station himself Europe during the winter to maintain his fitness.
Last term, for instance, the 33-year-old joined the Arsenal squad's training sessions with the sole purpose staying in shape and keeping himself available for international duty.
Beckham had hoped to do something similar this season with Milan, but the Italian giants confirmed recently that they are eager to add the player to their first-team ranks until the end of the season.
And according to The Sun, Capello was the one who convinced the Rossoneri, his former club, that Beckham would be an ideal addition to their playing list.
"It was Capello’s endorsement that convinced Milan to sign Beckham," said a source at the San Siro.
"He told Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani ‘Beckham is a very good player and if you sign him you will see how good he still is’.
"That’s all the club needed to hear. From then on Milan focused on turning Beckham’s stay into a loan."
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