David Beckham has revealed he held preliminary talks with Paris Saint-Germain about extending his stay in the French capital beyond the end of this season, but insists he will not make a decision on his future until the summer.
Beckham signed a short-term deal with PSG in January and made a solid contribution to their 2-2 Champions League draw with Barcelona on Tuesday night, sparking speculation that his short team stint at the club could lead to a fresh one-year contract.
Yet the former England captain, who will celebrate his 38th birthday next month, is yet to decide whether he will prolong his glittering career, even though he is revelling in his role at PSG.
“I’ve spoken to the owners and I’ve spoken to the manager, I know how happy they are with me and they know how happy I am here, but I’m not getting any younger,” he is quoted in The Sun.
“I will enjoy the rest of the season and then we’ll sit down and talk then. I’m still training every day, the same as the rest of the players. I work as hard as them and don’t want to be treated any differently, even at my age. I love working hard and training, so nothing’s changed.”
Beckham hopes his performance against Barca in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final will earn him a chance to make an appearance at the Nou Camp next week, a venue where he won the biggest prize in European football with Manchester United back in 1999.
“It’s always good playing in the Nou Camp and next week will be no different,” he added. “Winning the European Cup was my best memory of playing there and then when I was at Real Madrid we beat them there 2-1, the first time Real had beaten them there for a few years.
“We’ll see what happens. Thiago Motta will hopefully be back. Obviously Blaise (Matuidi) will be out of the game with suspension.
“So we’ll see. If I start, then great. If I don’t and come on, then I’ll try and make an impact. It is going to be tough there but it won’t be impossible.”