"We have a vested interest in this player and we have spent a tremendous amount of money to retain his services," said Lalas. "We want to make sure we get our money's worth and that he is healthy and both physically and mentally ready to go when he plays for the Galaxy. I'm not going to deny there comes a point when your body can't do it any more."
Lalas hinted too that Galaxy will not be afraid to try to stop Beckham - signed in a deal reportedly worth in excess of £120m - burning himself out with avoidable air miles. "If at any point we felt it was detrimental to his health or ability to help our team, we would take action," Lalas added.