Los Angeles, July 13 (ANI): England football star David Beckham has slammed Los Angeles Galaxy captain Landon Donovan for questioning his professionalism and criticising him in public.
Earlier, Donovan had criticised Beckham for leaving his Major League Soccer team and going on a glamorous six-month loan to Italian giants AC Milan.
"In 17 years I have played at some of the biggest clubs in the world and with some of the biggest players in the world, not to mention some of the strongest managers. And not once in those 17 years has there been a question about my professionalism. Me and Landon will talk but it will be a private conversation," The Sun quoted Beckham, as saying.
"I'm sure if you asked any Galaxy player or any player in this league if they had the chance to finish the season with AC Milan they would do. I have been fortunate to have that experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope to go back," he added.
Donovan had alleged in his book called 'The Beckham Experiment' that despite the fact that Beckham was being paid double than any other player in the league, his level of dedication had dropped since his arrival in July 2007.
Beckham, who returns to training on Monday ahead of Thursday's clash with New York Red Bulls has stressed his continued commitment to the team.
"I have never said I was leaving. My future is here for the long-term. Before I left I sat down with all the players and told them I was not giving up on Galaxy. Some obviously didn't believe me. But I'm an honest person and if I didn't want to be here I'd say," Beckham said.
"Even if I do go back to Milan, or any another club on loan at the end of the season, I will be back. My family is happy here, we love living here and it's been hard to be away from them while I was in Italy," he added. (ANI)