DAVID BECKHAM was ‘like a kid on first day back at school’ as Inter Miami began pre-season training under new boss Phil Neville.
The former England and Manchester United defender has taken the reins of his ex-team mate’s MLS team after leaving his job with England Women.
After swooping to sign Ryan Shawcross from Stoke City last month, Neville got to work with the rest of his new squad today as pre-season got underway.
And Goldenballs was also there to watch, sharing a photo on Instagram and captioning it with: “Like the first day back at school today @intermiamicf .. Fresh start and excited to get this season started .. Pre Season day 1.”
Fergie’s attention to detail and thirst for winning has rubbed off on his former players — and Neville has already declared he wants to create something similar with Inter Miami.
He said: “When you talk about the Manchester United DNA, it’s the DNA of the most successful businesses and people in the world.
“I have been talking to David’s co-owner, Jorge Mas, about the values of his own company — and they are the same values Sir Alex Ferguson had and Manchester United have.
“All the best teams have it. There are great parallels in the way we want to promote our young players and give them opportunities, creating a style and behaviour that is the best.”
And Beckham revealed last week his huge plans for the club as he dreams of unleashing the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at Inter Miami.
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Both Messi and Ronaldo fancy ending their careers Stateside and the former England captain said: “I have said from day one that our academy system is a massive part of this club and if we can bring players through here that have lived and breathed Inter Miami then that is the goal.
“But we also know that being in Miami, our fans want to see the big stars.
“We already have players like Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi who add to the glitz and glamour but also going forward we want to have the opportunity to bring some great names in.
“Leo and Cristiano have been mentioned (in the question just asked), they have been at the top of their game and been the best for the last 15 years because of hard work. There is very little luck behind it.
“Sir Alex Ferguson was the master at choosing the right player, he didn’t always bring the best player in the world, he brought the right player for the club and that is one of the things that I have taken into this place.
“Inter are also believed to be in talks with West Bromwich Albion full-back Kieran Gibbs over a transfer to the US.