Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Beckham begins Tottenham training

David Beckham

David Beckham completed his first day's training at Tottenham on Tuesday, with manager Harry Redknapp still hopeful a loan deal for the former England captain can be resolved.

It is understood Beckham is keen to play for Tottenham before returning to the Galaxy before their first match of the new Major League Soccer season against the Seattle Sounders on March 15.

Redknapp revealed Spurs had not yet given up all hope of brokering a deal with Los Angeles Galaxy to get Beckham into action on the pitch. "There is nothing at the moment, but we will see what happens, who knows?" he told Sky Sports News.

As things stand, Beckham will only be at the club to train until February 10, with Los Angeles said to be concerned over insurance issues should their midfielder suffer another injury like he did when on loan at AC Milan ahead of the World Cup.

Beckham left Spurs Lodge just before three o'clock, and will be back again for more of the same on Wednesday as the squad prepare for Sunday's clash against his former club Manchester United at White Hart Lane.

"It is good to have him here," Redknapp added. "David is a top player and a fantastic boy.

"Everyone respects David and looks up to him so it was good to have him here."

There is no doubt the addition of Beckham to their playing staff would certainly be something of a coup for Spurs as they prepare for a Champions League last 16 clash against AC Milan.

Assistant coach Joe Jordan added on BBC Radio 5 live: "David has a wealth of experience and no matter how well you are playing, when you go into the second half of the season and you have got Champions League and Premier League, which is a bit new for us in the same season, I think you need that little bit of nuance.

"To put that in your dressing room, whether the player starts or not, is vital and if we are lucky enough to get David Beckham on a short-term basis, it would be great value."

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