David Beckham‘s “new club” situation has finally been concluded, with the former England captain set for an impressive move to Paris Saint Germain.
The 37-year-old, who decided to leave LA Galaxy in December – after his contract expired – is on the way to France for a medical. Beckham was confirmed during a press conference in Paris this evening, and will play on a contract until the end of the season. He will begin training in the coming week.
Since leaving the US this winter, Beckham’s family have moved to London and he has been training with Arsenal to improve his fitness. He said his family will remain in England’s capital.
When asked about the Premier League offers, he replied;
“I always said unless it was Manchester United I wouldn’t want to play for any other Premier League .. I’ve probably had more offers now, than at any point in my career”
Beckham had stated that he would like “one last challenge” and at a top level. PSG provides that, with the club top of Ligue 1, and in the Champions League last 16 – where they face Valencia. There will be qualms regarding his playing time but Beckham answered;
“I don’t expect to start, but if I work hard then it’s possible… I want to make this club one of the power houses in football”
The global star now embarks on his 4th different country, following time in England with Manchester United and Preston North End, Real Madrid in Spain, AC Milan in Italy and LA Galaxy in America.
The former Manchester United legend, had been linked with moves to PSG along with fellow French side AS Monaco. Monaco were believed to have been in talks with England’s most capped outfield player, but it makes sense that he has decided against that. The opportunity to play once again with one of Europe’s strongest teams is impressive, given his age.
It will be very interesting to see whether he can perform at this level again, but most wouldn’t put it past him.
Beckham has had success at all his permanent clubs, having recently retained the MLS Cup in his final season at LA Galaxy. Beckham has a wealth of experience that will aid a young yet exciting PSG midfield.
PSG take on Toulouse away on Friday night, but Beckham will not be ready to play.
Beckham is the second English player to make the switch to France this season, following the contrasting character, Joey Barton and his move to Marsielle.
But it is an exceptional achievement for someone of Beckham’s age to be playing at yet another top team, especially after moving to the MLS, which was widely perceived as a drop.
By Stowe Gregory
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