x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Paris Saint-Germain want David Beckham to stay

Meanwhile, newly-crowned French Ligue 1 champions tell Real Madrid that Carlo Ancelotti, their Italian manager, is not available.

Carlo Ancelotti has yet to comment on his future at Paris Saint-Germain. Laurent Cipriani / AP Photo
Carlo Ancelotti has yet to comment on his future at Paris Saint-Germain. Laurent Cipriani / AP Photo

Nasser Al Khelaifi, the Paris Saint-Germain president, has said the French Ligue 1 football club want David Beckham to stay irrespective of whether the former England captain decides to retire or not.

Beckham, 38, has not made it clear what he wants to do after PSG won their first domestic title since 1994 on Sunday. They have reportedly offered a one-year contract extension to the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star.

"If he decided not to continue his playing career, I hope he'll stay in another role," Al Khelaifi told the sports daily L'Equipe.

"To have him among us, on the pitch or off it, is very important. It's up to him. We'll see what David wants to do. We'd like him to continue with us. He's a man of great quality," he added.

Al Khelaifi also said he rebuffed Real Madrid when the Spanish Primera Liga giants enquired about Carlo Ancelotti and is "very optimistic" their manager will still be in charge next season.

Ancelotti has yet to confirm whether he will stay amid speculation that he could replace Jose Mourinho, whose future at Madrid is equally unsettled.

"A few days ago, Real Madrid's technical director [Jose Angel Sanchez] contacted me to speak about him. Very quickly, I told them: 'If you're going to try and get Carlo, you should realise that he has one year left on his contract," Al Khelaifi told L'Equipe.

"So, please respect us, respect the contract. We respect all clubs and expect the same in return. We may not have the same dimension as Real Madrid, but that doesn't mean we don't deserve respect."

Mourinho has a tense relationship with some fans and players and is widely predicted to leave the club at the end of the season.

"We want to keep Carlo. Everyone loves him there, the players, the fans. I love him myself," Al Khelaifi said. "I've supported him since the day he arrived and I will support him until his last day with us. I'm very optimistic about this."

Ancelotti has evaded answering questions about his future in recent weeks, saying only that he would discuss his future with the club after securing the title.

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