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Feb 7, 2013

David Beckham can't wait 'to get playing'

David Beckham revealed Thursday that he is taking inspiration from former Manchester United teammates Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes as he attempts to prove himself again at Paris Saint-Germain.

Beckham stole the headlines on transfer deadline day when it was announced he would join the big-spending Parisians on a five-month deal. There has been some questions raised, however, as to whether the 37-year-old's arrival is more a publicity stunt than a boost to the Ligue 1 leaders' on-field fortunes.

Beckham is determined to prove those doubters wrong and has cited the likes of Giggs and Scholes -- who continue to play important roles with United -- as proof he can make an impact on his return to European football after leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"I look at players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, playing at Manchester United, still at the highest level -- they don't play every game but when they do play they are big influences in the game, so I'm looking to do that," he told French broadcaster beIN Sport.

Asked if he can help PSG's push for domestic and Champions league success, he said: "Why not? I feel great, physically, I've always said, as long as I can continue to play the game at the highest level then I will continue to play.

The former England captain has been training in London and will practice with PSG next week, Coach Carlo Ancelotti says.

Ancelotti thinks "he could be available against Sochaux or the week after." He could make his home debut the following Sunday against French title rival Marseille.

"I never expected, when I was 30 years old, to still be getting the offers that I'm getting at 37 years old," he said. "Motivation never changes. I think once you have that motivation in you, it continues throughout your whole life."

Despite his optimism Beckham admitted he was not sure where he would fit into a star-studded PSG squad.

Under their Qatari owners the Parisians have assembled a squad that includes star names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Beckham is set to compete with the likes of rising Brazil star Lucas Moura and Javier Pastore for a place in midfield.

Beckham is not expecting any favors and -- with his club debut possible in 10 days -- does not expect to go straight into the starting lineup when he is fit.

"I don't expect to come in to this team and to be a starter in the teamsheet," he said. "I've never expected that wherever I have gone. I'll work hard for my place, I'll work hard to make the team successful."

Beckham has been training with Premier League side Arsenal in order to try and fast-track his fitness before he is due to meet up with his new teammates in Paris next week.

"It's going to take me a couple of weeks at least to get up to speed with the rest of the team," he said, adding that "once I get in with the team I don't think it's going to take me long to be up to speed.

"I want to get playing as soon as possible to be honest."

Information from Press Association and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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