David Beckham set to make PSG debut against rivals
Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the possibility of David Beckham making his Ligue 1 debut against Marseille on Sunday. The Italian boss of Parc de Princes hopes David Beckham will provide his side with experience, stability and class.
Carlo Ancelotti compared David Beckham to Manchester United’s living and playing legend Ryan Giggs. The former Chelsea manager hopes David Beckham will brings to his club what Ryan Giggs brings to Manchester United.
The 39-year-old attacking midfielder, David Beckham inked a five-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain in late January. The former England star has made an impact at all of the clubs he played for 20-year career. Carlo Ancelotti hopes the former England star will continue with this tradition and help Paris Saint-Germain become a stronger club.
“He's going to play. I don't think he has a problem. I see Giggs who's still playing at 40 [sic] at Manchester United, who are not a small team,” Carlo Ancelotti told Ma Chaine Sport TV in an interview on Monday.
“I had him for six months at Milan. I was surprised. He's a fantastic player and his professionalism is top, top level. He'll bring experience, his quality, he's very serious in training, a very good example of professionalism. He can play as a defensive midfielder. He has a very good quality of pass. He did that last season in Los Angeles.”
David Beckham called quits on his MLS career with Los Angeles Galaxy in December last year by announcing that he needed to start fresh. A long list of suitors lined up in front of David Beckham’s door to sign him when the January transfer window opened this year.
A couple of Premier League clubs and powerhouses from Australia, China, Italy and France attempted to lure David Beckham with lucrative contracts. In the end, David Beckham decided to go with growing-power Paris Saint-Germain and decided to give away his salary to the orphans of Paris.
Since joining Paris Saint-Germain, David Beckham has been working tirelessly over his fitness. Over the last three weeks, Paris Saint-Germain have played in a couple of matches without David Beckham, nonetheless, the attacking midfielder is finally ready. Interestingly, fate has setup his debut against Paris Saint-Germain’s archrivals Marseille.
Carlo Ancelotti believes David Beckham will not have the fitness level of playing the full game since it will be the Englishman’s first competitive game since he played the MLS final with Los Angeles Galaxy.
“He'll be available. He's going to work for the rest of this week, not because he has a problem, but because he needs to improve his fitness as he was on holiday for a month,” Carlo Ancelotti said.