George Clooney and David Beckham
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02/26/2009 AT 09:25 AM EST
How's this for a new reality show: Celebrity Landlord
. The star: George Clooney
. And the tenant? David Beckham
The locale isn't bad, either: Italy's Lake Como, where the soccer hunk is currently living in the former Sexiest Man Alive's villa while Clooney is away, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Clooney, 47, recently filmed a March 12 special episode
of NBC's ER
, while Beckham, 33, has been playing in Italy for AC Milan under a loan agreement
with his LA Galaxy team. Hello!
magazine, which first reported the sublease, says Clooney and Beckham became friends after being introduced by designer Giorgio Armani at last year's Met Ball in New York.
They grew closer once Beckham moved to Italy, where, the magazine reports, Clooney took the soccer star under his wing.
2007: David joins the L.A. Galaxy for $32.5 million
2003: Italian locals welcome George to Villa Oleandra