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Beckham coy on PSG future

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 30 Mar 2013


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder David Beckham has refused to rule out the possibility of him extending his stay at the club.

The former England captain arrived in the French capital on a short-term contract in January but coach Carlo Ancelotti said earlier this week he would like to retain the services of the veteran beyond the end of the season.

Beckham, who turns 38 in May, is remaining coy on the issue, but said he was enjoying life at the Parc des Princes.

“At my age, we need to take one season at a time,” he told BeIn Sport. “But for now, I feel very comfortable here.

“I have great respect for Carlo as a manager and as a person. If he says he wants to keep me that makes me very proud.”

Beckham came in for stern criticism for travelling to China in an ambassadorial role during the recent international break.

But he believes there was nothing unprofessional about him taking the trip.

“I have not heard anything in terms of the critics,” Beckham said. “But if this is the case, I am professional and I always have been.

“It was a very special moment. I got to represent the Chinese league and PSG. I missed just two days of training. I’m back and I caught up. What counts is the team, the manager, players and fans.

“Physically, I feel great. I always look after myself. I have always been professional in all the clubs. I am very happy to be in Paris and the club treats me as if I’ve been here 10 years.”

Having played his part in PSG moving eight points clear in Ligue 1 with a crucial 1-0 victory over Montpellier on Friday, Beckham is now hoping to be involved in Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Barcelona.

“Of course this is a huge game,” he said. “Everyone was super excited to play Barca. It is both an honour and a challenge.

“But we must say that we can meet the challenge. This is perhaps the best team in the world.

“There is Lionel Messi, but not only him. They are very united and each player plays for everyone else. It is a harmonious team.

“It will be a great match and we are delighted to have Ibra (Zlatan Ibrahimovic) for this game. People want to see the best players play against the best teams.”


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