Beckham included in Milan's UEFA Cup squad

David Beckham (right) with Milan team-mate Alexander Pato.

David Beckham (right) with Milan team-mate Alexander Pato.

In-form David Beckham has been included in Milan's UEFA Cup squad even though his current loan from Los Angeles Galaxy ends on March 9, coach Carlo Ancelotti told reporters on Sunday night.

Milan are desperate to keep the 33-year-old England midfielder, who set up two goals in Sunday's 3-0 win at Lazio, but Galaxy have said he must return in March.

"We have included him because he is playing well," Ancelotti said.

If Beckham leaves in early March, he would be able to play in the away and home legs only of the last 32 tie against Werder Bremen on February 18 and 26.

Beckham, whose side are second in Serie A, would not be drawn when asked about the chances of him staying beyond March.

"Of course, I've said before I'm happy to be playing here," he said.

"It's a great club with great players and now we are in a good position. I'm taking each game as it comes and enjoying it."

Beckham joined Milan to stay in the England reckoning during the long US close season.

"The manager has said it about every player, if players are playing well and are fit they've got a chance of being in the squad. That's all I can do," he added.

Long-term injury victims Alessandro Nesta and Gennaro Gattuso are also on Milan's new UEFA Cup list which teams cannot add to for the remainder of the season.


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