Soccer: PSG president wants Beckham to stay next season
Published: April 1, 2013 09:08AM
Updated: April 1, 2013 09:08AM
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Paris Saint-Germain's David Beckham controls the ball during a training session ahead of their Champions League quarterfinal match against Barcelona at Camp des Loges Stadium, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, west of Paris, Monday, April 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS • Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants veteran midfielder David Beckham to stay next season, describing him as “fantastic on and off the pitch.”

The 37-year-old former England captain has made a positive start since joining PSG in January, even though most of his appearances have been as a substitute. His current contract lasts until the end of the season.

In an interview with sports daily L’Equipe on Monday, Al-Khelaifi says “he’s happy in Paris. Honestly, we want to keep him for next season,” adding that discussions should hopefully begin soon.

Al-Khelaifi adds that “signing David was one of our best decisions. As a person, a player, an ambassador, he is exceptional” and that “he has created something within the squad.”