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The March 8 match-up between team AC Milan and Atalanta at the San Siro Stadium was to be David Beckham‘s European swansong. It had been widely reported that he was to board a plane for L.A. immediately after the match in order to arrive on time for the start of Galaxy spring training on March 9.

His status has now changed and the soccer star has bought himself another four months with the team he loves. AC Milan and Beckham have each shelled out money to extend the loan until mid July. Beckham’s own out of pocket is reported to be $3 million.

This move will enable Becks to be on board for two England World Cup qualifiers in June. His new agreement has him tentatively rejoining Galaxy in their July 16 game against the New York Red Bulls in Rutherford, N.J.

The soccer player is in year three of a five year contract, worth $32.5 million. There is a built-in buyout option coming up in November, with two years remaining.

Victoria Beckham was on hand for the game. More photos below.

Photos: WENN