Paris Saint-Germain have signaled their intentions to re-sign David Beckham as the former England international’s five-month deal nears its end.
Beckham joined the French capital outfit in January after concluding his successful spell with Major League Soccer champions the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 37-year-old’s arrival has coincided with PSG booking a Champions League quarter-final berth against Barcelona and a prolonged stay at the top of Ligue 1.
Now PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants to cash in on the blossoming relationship, determined to extend Beckham’s current contract.
“Recruiting David was one of my best decisions,” Al-Khelaifi told the Mirror. “As a man, player, ambassador, he is exceptional. It creates something in this group. Everyone loves it and we will talk with him.
“Whatever his decision, we support David. He is very happy in Paris. We want to keep him next season.”
However, the good feelings at the club are about to be sorely tested as PSG prepare to welcome La Liga leaders Barcelona for the first-leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday.
Led by reigning world player of the year Lionel Messi, the Catalan giants are expected to offer the sternest exam PSG has yet faced this season.
And Beckham, who has faced Barcelona many times over his glittering career, has warned PSG’s expensively built squad that there are more dangers than just Messi lurking in the Spanish side’s armoury.
“They are not just about individual talent,” Beckham said. “They are about a team network and have been like that for years. That’s why they’ve had their success.”
But PSG are not without their own threats, as witnessed by Barcelona’s stand-in manager Jordi Roura.
“PSG have great players and we will have to give everything,” he said.
“One of their strengths is the counter-attack, but we are used to teams playing that way – our way of playing won’t change.”