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    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    BECKHAM KUCHEZA BURE PSG


    David Beckham will donate his entire £150,000-a-week salary to childrens' charities in France after completing his move to Paris St Germain until the end of the season. 
    In a remarkable move, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy star will play in Ligue 1 for FREE until June this year after agreeing a five-month contract. 
    As the deal was completed on January 31st, Beckham will be eligible for PSG's Champions League campaign, Beckham will make his return to the competition against Valencia..
    On his Facebook page Beckham posted: 'Glad to get so many positive comments about the donation. Victoria and I made the decision to give the wages away to a children's charity. 
    'We are incredibly fortunate so we are glad we could do this with the club's blessing. Thanks as always for your support, I will always do my best for you.'
    Beckham's first game in France will have an added twist as his first game will be against another Englishman, as he faces Joey Barton's Marseilles on February 24th.
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    Getting shirty: Beckham poses with his new shirt, flanked by PSG Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sports director Leonardo
    Getting shirty: Beckham poses with his new shirt, flanked by PSG Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sports director Leonardo

    BARTON WELCOMES BECKS

    He'll be great for French Football. Although, he'll remain 2nd best/best looking, Englishman in France. That'll hurt his confidence!
    Speculation about Becks' next move with clubs around the world vying for the signature of the 37-year-old superstar midfielder. 
    Beckham - who will wear the No 32 shirt - had been a free agent having left LA Galaxy in November and was training with Arsenal in a bid to keep up his fitness, has now put pen to paper with the French league leaders. 
    Allez! The world's press convened for Beckham's press conference, announcing he'd joined PSG
    Allez! The world's press convened for Beckham's press conference, announcing he'd joined PSG
    Allez! The world's press convened for Beckham's press conference, announcing he'd joined PSG
    And he announced at his unveiling during a press conference this afternoon that his salary will be going to help less-privileged youngsters in France. 
    He said: 'I won't receive any salary during my time at Paris Saint-Germain, my salary will go to a childrens' charity in Paris.
    'That's one of the things we are very excited about and proud to do. It's something exciting and something I'm not sure has been done before.'
    Beckham said he had not picked a suitable charity yet, and could not announce how much they would get, except to say it would be a 'huge sum'.
    'It's something the guys will decide, but it's a very good figure,' Beckham said.
    'That's one thing we're very excited about. To be able to give a huge sum to a children's charity in Paris, it's very special.'

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    Beckham was also asked if he had been practising his language skills but conceded that his grasp of the French language stretched as far as one word. 
    He said: 'My French? I haven't spoken it for quite a few years, since I was at school so I'm definitely going to have to brush up on it.
    'I am excited. It is something that we've been working on and talking about for quite a while and now it has finally happened.
    'My wife and children will be staying in London because the kids are at school there. We are all very excited as a family.'
    Bestseller: Beckham's PSG shirts go on sale at the Parc des Princes, the shirts are sure to be a sure-fire hit with his millions of worldwide fans
    Bestseller: Beckham's PSG shirts go on sale at the Parc des Princes, the shirts are sure to be a sure-fire hit with his millions of worldwide fans
    Happy snapper: A fan takes a picture of the new Beckham shirt
    Happy snapper: A fan takes a picture of the new Beckham shirt
    Jetting in: Beckham flew from London top Paris this morning
    Jetting in: Beckham flew from London to Paris this morning
    Jetting in: Beckham flew from London top Paris this morning
    On the offers from other clubs, he said: 'I was very lucky. I am 37 and I was made a lot of offers - more than I have ever had in my career. 
    'I am very honoured. I chose Paris because I can see what the club are trying to do. I can see the players they are trying to bring in. 
    'It is an exciting city, it always has been. But now they have a club that will have a lot of success for the next 10, 15, 20 years. I'm not saying i will be playing then, but for now to be part of something that is growing is exiting. 
    'I am very honoured to have been picked to be part of the club. I am very excited. Why PSG? Every club I have played for throughout my career I have been successful with. 
    He added: 'I always said I would never want to play for another English club. I have history with Manchester United. I have always supported them, I always dreamed of playing for them. I am very honoured by the offers I had in England, but I wouldn't have played there if it wasn't for United. 
    Reunion: Beckham passed his medical and will team up with former boss Ancelotti
    Reunion: Beckham passed his medical and will team up with former boss Ancelotti
    'I have a lot of experience in the game; 37 years old; over 13 or 14 championships, trophies throughout my career.
    And while Beckham insisted PSG getting through the Champions League group stages was not the deciding factor in his choice, it offers him a chance to play at the highest level in club football again.
    'It's a bonus that they're in the Champions League,' he said. 'I haven't played Champions League football for quite a few years.
    'To be at a club that's in the Champions League is exciting for me. I've been lucky to win the Champions League once and know how important it is to the club.
    'I'd have come if they weren't in the Champions League but I'm excited that they are.
    Reunion: Beckham passed his medical and will team up with former boss Ancelotti
    'I have played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, and I am still being successful at 37, and I'm still fit. I can still run around and I can still play as i did when I was 21. I haven't lost my pace because I never really had it. 
    And he saved special praise for his new boss, Carlo Ancelotti, he said: 'I am very lucky to have worked with Carlo Ancelotti for quite a few months (at AC Milan). 
    'I said at the time, Carlo is one of the best I have played for. It is exciting on a number of levels.'
     
    Rushing around: Beckham began his journey to Paris from London this morning
    Rushing around: Beckham began his journey to Paris from London this morning
    PSG President Club  Nasser Al-Khelaif, presenting Beckham, added: 'David refused offers from a lot of clubs to be here.
    'He's going to be with us at our project trying to reach our big dream to become one of the best clubs in Europe.
    'David is a very professional player outside of the pitch. I'm sure he will be an asset to the club. I'm sure we'll win lots of things with David and I'm very happy to sit next to David here.
    'This is a big day. We've been after him for a long time and finally we did it.'
    Overdue: The midfielder's move to PSG has been a long time coming
    Clubs in China, America and even England had all explored the possibility of signing Beckham though Arsenal, despite him training with them, were not among them.
    PSG's next fixture, incidentally, is in the league away to Toulouse tomorrow evening and Beckham's title-winning experience in England and Spain can only help them beat Lyon to the championship.
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    En route to Paris: Today's could be the final transfer of Beckham's career
    Main man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    Classy: Javier Pastore
    Star turns: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Javier Pastore are already among PSG's illustrious squad members

    'SECOND-BEST LOOKING...'

    'Beckham will be 2nd best/best looking, Englishman in France. That'll hurt his confidence!'
    – Marseille midfielder Joey Barton
    His transfer also represents another opportunity for him to win the Champions League, where Valencia are their last 16 opponents.
    Speaking last week, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: ‘He is fantastic and that’s one of the reasons I take him here. 
    'He is here early in the morning and the young English players always look at him and take his advice on board.
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    ‘He told me he has not done anything since he stopped at LA Galaxy. I don’t believe that. I was surprised. But maybe he wanted to get a bit away from it. He is 37 as well, you know. 
    ‘Beckham is super-ambitious. If in his mind he wanted to play in the Premier League he would not have gone on holiday, he would have prepared and come in and tried to impress me.
    Reunited: Beckham and Ancelotti, who worked together in 2009 at AC Milan
    Reunited: Beckham and Ancelotti, who worked together in 2009 at AC Milan

    "HE'S NOT FOR US"

    'I know that he's leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy but we are not interested.'
    – PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti in December
    ‘He has told me he has done nothing at all. He told me that he doesn’t look at all to be in shape. But he wants to get fit again. 
    'He is a sportsman and maybe in June he has plans to play somewhere, maybe take three or four months off and prepare for next season.’
    Beckham is to join another Englishman in Ligue 1. Joey Barton, on loan at Marseille and never reluctant to speak his mind, has already tweeted about his compatriot's arrival.
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    'Really hope Beckham goes to PSG. Double header against them in French Cup and League back end of Feb at their place,' the controversial midfielder said.
    'He'll be great for French Football. Although, he'll remain 2nd best/best looking, Englishman in France. That'll hurt his confidence!'
    Beckham's arrival will also please the PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who in November encouraged the midfielder to resist all other offers and join him in Paris.
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    Maestros: Beckham will rival Ibrahimovic as PSG's most high-profile player
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    Leading the way: The big-spending, ambitious PSG are joint-top of Ligue 1 with Lyon
    'I am sure there will be many offers for him from clubs all over the world, but it is a very exciting project here in Paris and if he still wants more trophies then this is the right club for him to join,' Ibrahimovic said.
    'We can win the Champions League over the next two seasons with the team that is being built.'
    Beckham's potential squad number selection was a subject of interest as his traditionally preferred choices, No 7 and No 23, were already respectively taken by Jeremy Menez and Gregory van der Wiel, hence him taking No 32.
    PSG club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, presenting Beckham, said: 'David refused offers from a lot of clubs to be here.
    'He's going to be with us at our project trying to reach our big dream to become one of the best clubs in Europe.
    'David is a very professional player outside of the pitch.
    'I'm sure he will be an asset to the club. I'm sure we'll win lots of things with David and I'm very happy to sit next to David here.
    'This is a big day. We've been after him for a long time and finally we did it.'

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    FANCY CHANNEL-HOPPING AND GOING TO WATCH MONSIEUR BECKHAM?

    David Beckham's move to PSG means he is considerably more accessible than during his time in MLS.
    Match tickets can be bought from the club's official website from as little as 10-20 euros (£8.50-£17).
    Travel is understandably more expensive, but drivers can book a return trip on a ferry from Dover to Calais, for example, from £76.
    Return flights from London to Paris are around £64, while the Eurostar (Sportsmail's preference) from Ebbsfleet to Paris is around £66.
    Ultimately, the total cost to watch Beckham appear for PSG could be as little as £74.50, travel included, which compares favourably with Arsenal, for example – where Beckham was training – with just one ticket to a match at The Emirates can cost as much as £162.

     
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