Beckham hoping to replicate success with AC Milan

David Beckham hopes his second spell with AC Milan will be as good

as the five months he spent on loan with the Italian club in 2009.

The England midfielder passed a medical Tuesday and has spent

the past two days training with his new teammates.

AC Milan resumes play Jan. 6 against Genoa.

“My experience with the club was so special,” Beckham said

Wednesday. “I missed the club. I missed playing for it, I missed

the players and everybody associated with the club.

“It was a very special experience. It was good last time and

I hope it will be as good this time.”

Beckham scored twice in 18 games for Milan from January to

May 2009 while on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS. He has

repeated the move in a bid to secure his place at the 2010 World


After a slow start, new Milan coach Leonardo has been praised

for an attacking philosophy that has taken his team into second

place, eight points behind Inter Milan but with a game in hand.

“Milan can certainly win the title,” Beckham said. “It will

be difficult because Inter and Juventus are great teams, but we

have a good squad.

“All I am thinking about is the next six months here. I want

to enjoy myself and help Milan win the championship.”

Beckham will return to Old Trafford in February for the first

time since leaving Manchester United in 2003, after Milan was drawn

against Manchester United in the Champions League.

It will be the first time he has played in the competition

since 2007, when Real Madrid lost to Bayern Munich in the second


“When I found about the draw, I was nearly in tears,” he

said. “It is a special place for me and I haven’t played there for

nearly seven years. I have a lot of friends at the club and a great

rapport with the fans. It will be a special evening, but we will be

trying to win the match.”