David Beckham has admitted it is highly unlikely he will play in Europe again this season.
The England midfielder has spent two loan spells at AC Milan in the last two years after the end of the Major League Soccer season in the USA.
Beckham, 35, says that it is unlikely he will pursue a similar move this time as he needs to get back to full fitness after his ruptured Achilles. He returned to action earlier this month for his MLS club the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Asked about returning to Europe on loan again, Beckham told www.fifa.com: “I don’t think so. I’ll never say never, but after my injury I need to really focus on getting my full fitness back.
“Physically I need to get myself back in order after a very long time out of the game. I can’t say for sure, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Beckham still has an eye on forcing his way back into the England squad despite manager Fabio Capello appearing to hint that his international career – where he has won 115 caps – may be over.
“No, I wouldn’t say that,” sad Beckham when asked if football had seen the last of him in an England shirt. “But whether it’s over or not is not really down to me.
“I want to continue to be available to play for England. That’s all I can do. I am passionate about playing for my country and I have been for 15 years now.
“Ever since I was a little kid all I ever wanted to do was to play for my country.
Whether the road is over or not, I don’t really know, but I will continue to work hard to get my fitness right because that’s the important bit at the moment. Once I’ve done that, we’ll know more.
“I hope England continue to push on and keep bringing young players through; this is an important thing for the future of English football at international level.”