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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-05-17

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Paris Saint-Germain’s president said he regretted Beckham’s decision to retire from football, but added that the British superstar may remain involved at some level with the club.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) president Nasser al Khelaifi told FRANCE 24 that he is disappointed that football superstar David Beckham retired on Thursday, but revealed that talks are already underway to keep the star player involved with the club at some level.

“I'm glad David Beckham ended his career with us, with PSG. But I'm also a little sad because I wanted him to continue playing for us,” Khelaifi noted in an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24.

“It’s his decision and we respect it,” Khelaifi said, adding the he had offered Beckham a new contract and told him the “door remained open” to him at PSG.

There have been several and widely differing rumours about Beckham’s future at PSG since he joined the team midseason, but the one-time captain of England’s national team announced Thursday that he would quit playing in a matter of weeks.

Beckham, 38, has played a total of 13 games sporting the PSG jersey, including Champions League and Cup matches. PSG were crowned Ligue 1 champions on May 12, two games before the end of the season.

Date created : 2013-05-17


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