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AC Milan do not expect LA Galaxy fans backlash over Beckham

AC Milan chief Umberto Gandini doesn't expect any backlash from LA Galaxy fans during this summer's four-club tournament in the 'States. Milan will kick off a US tour with a friendly against the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on July 19, a match arranged as part of the David Beckham "timeshare" agreement between the two clubs.

"He is a Galaxy player who is on loan at AC Milan so he will be playing for the Galaxy," Gandini said.

"I honestly don't expect (fan hostility) because the decision that has been taken by David has been taken with the co-operation of the Galaxy and the MLS.

"I would like to thank both the Galaxy and the MLS for awarding permission for David to stay with Milan until the end of the season. It was a decision that was very important for us in understanding David wanted to play in Europe for longer than expected."

Gandini was speaking in New York to announce details of a four-team tournament also involving Chelsea, Inter Milan and Mexico's Club America to be played across six US cities between July 19-26.

He said the tour would underline how important Beckham had been to Milan both on and off the pitch.

"This should be a great opportunity I think for soccer fans to see the reasons why Milan desired David Beckham to stay longer to the end of the season and unfortunately for the MLS for part of their season.

"And it's a good opportunity to understand how much David Beckham was instrumental in putting AC Milan back on the map in the US during this tour."

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