Carlo Ancelotti confident David Beckham can deliver for PSG - despite his age
The former England captain has joined the French side until the end of the season
Tuesday 05 February 2013
Paris St Germain head coach Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that David Beckham's age is no barrier to success - and pointed out that Paolo Maldini was two years older when he won the Champions League.
Beckham, 37, last week signed a five-month contract with PSG and Ancelotti has described the former England captain as one of the best professionals he has ever worked with.
Ancelotti told French TV programme beIN Sport: "It's true that he's 37 but he's still a player.
"I remember a certain player who won the Champions League at 39 and his name is (Paolo) Maldini.
"He's 37 but still has the motivation and the physical condition... Beckham's not had many injuries in his career.
"He's one of the most serious and professional players I've ever known."
Beckham will join up with PSG on February 11, after the international break.
He has signed a five-month contract initially but will consider extending it on a rolling basis if the Qatar-owned club are interested in doing so ahead of next season.
The presence of ex-Chelsea boss Ancelotti and sporting director Leonardo at the club was a key factor in Beckham's decision to choose PSG - he knows both men from their time at AC Milan as he had loan spells at the Italian club from the Los Angeles Galaxy.
High-spending PSG are still in the Champions League knockout stage - they face Valencia next week, but it will come too early for Beckham who is short of match fitness.
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