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Ancelotti wants Beckham stay

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 28 Mar 2013

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep David Beckham at the club beyond his contract expiration in the off-season.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder joined in January, but his deal with PSG is just a short-term one and he is set to leave at the end of June.

Ancelotti will have fuelled rumours the ex-England international could remain at Parc des Princes after his frank admission that he wants PSG to hold on to the veteran.

The Italian told reporters on Thursday: “Beckham is available for tomorrow’s game. He’s arrived back in Paris and has not missed a training session.

“I am totally for Beckham continuing on next season.”

Ancelotti’s men face last season’s Ligue 1 champions Montpellier on Friday.

The coach has demanded his players concentrate on one match at a time instead of looking ahead at April’s battles with Barcelona in the Champions League.

“This is a very important time of the season,” Ancelotti said. “We should think about the game tomorrow and not the following matches.

“Montpellier are not in the battle for the title but they are a very good team – dangerous and organised.”

After the clash with Montpellier, PSG will face Barca on Tuesday at Parc des Princes before the return leg at Camp Nou.

Ancelotti insists he will be thinking up his own strategy for success and not copying Real Madrid’s formula.

“Four days to prepare Barcelona is sufficient,” he said. “We are not Real Madrid so we will not have the same strategy as them.”

Ancelotti said Thiago Motta will miss the first leg against Barcelona, while Argentine attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi is another absentee for the Montpellier match as he is still recovering from playing at high altitude in Bolivia.

“Blaise Matuidi will hold tomorrow,” he said. “Thiago Motta and Lavezzi are not available for tomorrow’s game.

“The timing is not a problem, except for Lavezzi is back today with a match at 3000m. Thiago Motta has a right adductor problem. Maybe it will be available for the return leg (against Barcelona).

“The players who went to play for their national team are now focused on the matches coming up.”

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