FRENCH LIGUE 1

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Paris Saint-Germain

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Paris St Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti is hopeful David Beckham will extend his playing career into next season and stay with the French giants.

Former England captain Beckham joined the Ligue 1 leaders in January and has not decided what his future holds beyond the summer.

Beckham has not ruled out playing on, at the age of 37, but at the time of signing up at the Parc des Princes he was determined to see how he adapted to European football again, after a stint of more than five years spent largely in the United States.

Ancelotti has been encouraged by Beckham's performances so far, and ahead of tomorrow's league match against Montpellier he said this evening: ``I would be totally in favour of David Beckham extending his stay for next season but it's a decision for the club and the player.''

Beckham is likely to have a role to play against last season's French champions, as PSG welcome back a host of players from international duty and keep one eye on next week's big European clash against Barcelona.

``Beckham is available,'' Ancelotti said. ``He returned to Paris yesterday and missed only one training session.''

While many of his club-mates were on duty with their countries, Beckham paid a promotional visit to China.

PSG and Barcelona go head to head on Tuesday in Paris, with Ancelotti trying to keep minds focused at least for now on the Montpellier game, with his team holding a five-point lead over second-placed Lyon heading into the domestic weekend fixtures.

The Champions League quarter-final will be the biggest European tie the club have played this century, but Ancelotti will demand his players tighten their grip on the French league silverware.

``Montpellier aren't in the title battle but they're a dangerous team who have had good recent results,'' Ancelotti said at his press conference.

``They remain a dangerous team with good organisation and good players.

``Our aim is to play with intensity because intensity is a key to win the match.''

PSG will have to cope without injured midfielder Thiago Motta, who has also been ruled out of the first leg of the Barcelona clash, and striker Ezequiel Lavezzi who returned exhausted after playing at high altitude for Argentina against Bolivia in midweek.

Montpellier boss Rene Girard knows PSG will not be at full strength tomorrow.

``But when you look at the quality in their squad and their strength.... there are lots of people in the squad, there is quality and even if certain players will certainly not be there, we shouldn't expect an easy match,'' Girard told his club's website.

Asked whether it was a good time to be facing the leaders, given the approaching match against Barcelona, Girard said: ``I don't know. Good moment or not, we're going there to get something.

``Whatever the team we face, they have virtually all played a lot of matches in the Champions League, they have played in the big championships, they have sometimes played from the start, therefore I don't think that this is something which will worry them a lot.

``Even if Barcelona worry them more then we worry them, I am sure they won't take our match for granted. We are in a position where we have nothing to lose, but everything to gain in a match like this.

``What I will insist on from my players is not to have an inferiority complex. We'll win or lose but what is essential is we give our everything.''

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