AC Milan unveil David Beckham

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English superstar David Beckham was unveiled to the world's media as AC Milan player on Saturday at San Siro.

Beckham has negotiated a three-month loan deal from Los Angeles Galaxy to the Serie A giants in a bid to remain match fit and stay in the thoughts of England manager Fabio Capello.

"You have to excuse my Italian, but buona sera," the former England captain tried to speak Italian at the start of his press conference before switching to his mother tongue. "I love Italy and I’m very happy to be here.

"I’m very honoured with this chance and I’m going to enjoy myself.

"It’s going to be great fun and I hope to give everything like I’ve always done in my career.

"Thank you. Grazie mille."

Beckham, who has chosen the No. 32 for his jersey, admitted that a loan move was the only way to save his international career because of Major League Soccer's close-season break.

He added: "I need to keep myself fit and keep playing during the season. With five months off, I can’t do that.

"I was grateful to be given this opportunity. I wouldn’t take it if I didn’t think I could help the team and club. That’s what I came here to do.

"I have to be playing and well and be fit.

"Fabio Capello was the person that I respect greatly in the game.

"When I decided to go on loan I asked his advice.

"I said I wanted to play in Italy and Milan but he said the best thing for you is to play football at the highest level wherever that is, England or Spain.

"If a player is not at the top level, to play at international level is impossible.

"Everybody knows how much it means to me playing for my country. Whether it’s five or 10 minutes I’ll always be there for my country.

"I’ve got 107 caps when I didn’t think I would get 96. I hope it continues and I’m going to do everything to make it continue."

But the 33-year-old midfielder played down Milan's open-door message.

He said: "I’m a Galaxy player and will go back there.

"I will be playing as well as I can to keep being selected and that’s all I can do.

"It will be tough to leave the club, I’ve left two of the biggest clubs in the world now - Manchester United and Real Madrid - but I’m going to enjoy being here."

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