By SHAUN CUSTIS (Sun.co.uk)
July 17, 2007
CHELSEA have been winding up David Beckham by saying they will kick lumps out of him this weekend.
Becks had his first training session with his new LA Galaxy team-mates yesterday and hopes to make his debut against the Blues in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Text messages have been winging their way to the ex-England skipper’s mobile telling him he is a marked man. The culprits have not been revealed but chief suspects are England pals John Terry, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard. Becks is clearly still struggling with the ankle injury he suffered playing against Estonia in last month’s Euro qualifier. After jogging with his team-mates for a few minutes in a session watched by a thousand fans, he then trained separately but is still expected to play a part in the clash with Jose Mourinho’s side. Chelsea’s stars are certainly keen for Becks to appear, as the texts have shown. SunSport was told: “It’s just a bit of banter between the lads. David can take a joke and he knows they don’t really mean it. At least he doesn’t think they do.” And America’s new superstar will be the target for more wind-ups when he attends a party with the Chelsea players tomorrow. When he was unveiled as Galaxy’s new signing, Beckham was asked how he felt about being a target for the hatchetmen out in the States. He said: “I’ve always been some sort of target in my career for players and teams I’ve played against. Hopefully, my team-mates will stick up for me.” Sounds like he is about to find out very soon!”