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David Beckham will play in next week's friendly with Hamburger SV, according to AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti. ((Salem Khamis/Getty Images))

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said David Beckham will play in next week's friendly with Hamburger SV and possibly against AS Roma in the Serie A on Jan. 11.

Beckham is at Milan on loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy until early March.

There has been some skepticism about whether the 33-year-old midfielder will contribute to his new team, but Ancelotti says Beckham will play Tuesday against Hamburg in Dubai.

"He lacks a bit of strength, but even this is normal, given a long break. He will play in the friendly against Hamburg," Ancelotti was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Will he also play in Rome? He's ready to do it, why shouldn't he be there?"

Beckham, a former star at Manchester United and Real Madrid, has previously said playing for Milan satisfies his dream of playing with a top Italian team and helping him keep fit in the American off-season in a bid to maintain a spot on England's national team.