Becks told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “It wasn’t easy saying no to Milan, one of the world’s strongest sides. The team, the coach, the president, the city. Then also Ronie (Ronaldo) went there.
“The choice was hard. I was honoured, pleased and tempted, but I had to think of my family and I wanted a different challenge.
“I’d have liked to play in Serie A. Italy is a country I like because it has everything: big football, big players the best food, wine, fashion…”