LONDON (AFP) England midfielder David Beckham is relishing the chance to play Champions League football again once he returns to AC Milan on his second loan spell in January. Milan missed out on Champions League qualification last season but are on course to progress from the group stages this time around, allowing the 34-year-old to be eligible for the start of the knockout phase in February. Ive not been involved for a few years now but I always enjoy Champions League games, said Beckham, who first joined the Serie A side from the Los Angeles Galaxy at the start of 2009. A Champions League winner in 1999 with Manchester United, Beckhams last appearance in the competition came for Real Madrid in 2007, prior to joining the Galaxy that July. Theyre different from playing the majority of league games, he said. Theyre always special nights and theres always a different atmosphere, especially at big clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan. Beckham has been keeping an eye on Milans early season form in Serie A under new head coach Leonardo. Unless Ive been playing or training Ive watched every game, he said. I watch every Milan game, every Manchester United game and every Madrid game being an ex-player and a fan of all three teams. Its great to watch teams like that and learn from players and teams. It was a tough start (for Milan) but that was going to happen but Milan are a great team and it was never going to be a problem. Beckham must firstly try to help the Galaxy reach the MLS Cup final, which determines the American league champions and he is committed to the cause, even it means missing out on a 116th England cap later this month. Should the Galaxy defeat Los Angeles rivals Chivas USA in their Western Conference semi-final second leg on Sunday night, the next round of the play-offs will clash with Englands friendly against Brazil in Doha on November 14. Of course Id a lot rather the Galaxy progressed in the play-offs more than anything, Beckham said. Weve got to this stage and done well so far this season but everybody knows how proud I am about playing for my country. Ideally it would be great if they were separate but theyre not so it will be good if we progress. Beckham said he and his team-mates would have to step up their game from last Sundays 2-2 draw with Chivas. We know we can play better than we did in the first game and we have to if we want to progress. We have to play a lot better, he said.