Posted on November 13, 2008
AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf has his doubts as to whether new loan signing David Beckham will even play a game for the Serie A giants.
Beckham will move to to the San Siro in January after agreeing a short-term switch from the Los Angeles Galaxy during the Major League Soccer close season.
However, while Seedorf is delighted to welcome the 33-year-old to Milan, he admits he is unsure whether he will break into the team.
“I don’t even know if he’ll be able to play for us,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports News. “I mean the first goal is for him to get fit and in the best shape possible.
“Training with a club like AC Milan will definitely improve his game even if it’s only from a training point of view.
“But I don’t know if he’ll play, that’s another thing completely.”
Beckham’s main motivation for moving to Italy is his determination to extend his England career, with manager Fabio Capello having warned he would miss the proposed friendly against Spain in February if he was inactive.
And Seedorf believes he has made the right decision.
He added: “He should focus on his physical state, train as hard as possible in a structure that’s one of the best in the world to prepare for games with England which I think is his final goal and that’s right.
“2010 is not that far away so he has to work hard and show Capello he’s still here.”
However, putting aside his doubts over whether Beckham will ever don the Milan shirt in a competitive game, Seedorf claims he is thrilled to welcome the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder to the San Siro.
“I was in Albania for a friendly match when we found out,” he said. “There was a lot of discussion about Beckham coming an we were all excited about how it would work, how he would fit in.
“Everyone is excited of course, we’re looking forward to it.
“Personally I will help him out to achieve his goals, knowing that he’s a great professional and he’ll help us to do the same thing.”
Ronaldinho is also excited at the prospect of Beckham joining the Rossoneri.
The Brazil playmaker, who has experience of playing against Beckham in El Clasico tussles between Barcelona and Real Madrid, has welcomed the opportunity to link up with the former England captain at the San Siro.
“I am very happy to know that he’s coming,” Ronaldinho told Setanta Sports News.
“He’s going to help us a lot and I’m looking forward to helping him be the great player he is as well.
“I always like the way he plays. I always admired him and it’s very cool to play with important people. It’s always very motivating.”
Ronaldinho and Beckham are regarded as two of the world’s finest free-kick takers but the Brazilian refused to speculate on who will be handed set-piece duties with the Rossoneri.
He added: “That’s not a problem, (although) it could be a problem for the team we’re playing against.
“I hope to learn a lot with David Beckham.”