The chances of David Beckham joining Tottenham on loan appeared
remote on Friday after Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said the
midfielder wouldn’t be fit to play a Premier League match until the
end of January.
Beckham began this week a monthlong training stint with Spurs,
who have been in negotiations with the Los Angeles Galaxy about
signing the ex-England captain on loan until March.
However, Redknapp said Beckham is still two weeks away from full
fitness and suggested it may not be worth adding him to the squad
for such a short spell.
”It’s only two months and before you know it, a month will have
gone and then it would be only a couple of weeks. So it’s a
difficult one really,” Redknapp said.
Beckham had his first day of training on Tuesday and his
presence at Spurs’ training ground in northeast London has
generated a huge amount of media and fan interest.
Redknapp said there has been ”nothing flashy” about the
35-year-old Beckham but acknowledged his fitness levels weren’t up
to the required standard to play in England’s top division.
”David is a fitness fanatic but getting fit to play Premier
League football is very different to just going training on your
own and keeping your fitness up,” Redknapp said. ”He would be the
first to admit that in his first week in training he has felt
tired, and it’s going to be a couple of weeks before he is fit
enough to play.”
Spurs initially expressed their interest in Beckham at the start
January, raising the prospect of the midfielder playing for
Tottenham against his former club Manchester United in the Premier
League on Sunday.
Redknapp said he’d never considered that possibility.
”I never felt he’d be fit enough to play this week,” said
Redknapp, who has been delighted with the impact Beckham has had on
the squad. ”It has been good having him here. Everyone respects
him, likes him. He just comes in and just gets on with it. He’s a
great role model for any footballer.”
Beckham has been hoping that playing in the Premier League would
boost his chances of being recalled to the England squad, having
made 115 appearances – the most by an England outfield player.
The Galaxy, however, is reluctant to allow its player to go to
Europe for a third consecutive Major League Soccer offseason.
During a stint at AC Milan last season, Beckham damaged his
Achilles’ tendon and was sidelined for six months.