Following speculation that both QPR and Spurs were interested in signing LA Galaxy’s David Beckham after his contract expires this year, Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director Leonardo has come out of the woodwork and threw his hat into the mix. Speaking to BBC Sport, Leonardo said:
"The door is open. He is more than a football player – he's a brand, a pop star. I would always consider him.
"He respects the rules, listens to you and wants the best for the team. That's why for me he is a big example. I worked with him and that's why I talk about his name."
Beckham had previously worked with the Brazilian when he was LA Galaxy sent him on loan to Milan, Leonardo’s former territory.
"I coached him at Milan and we created a good relationship." He is more than a football player, but when you see him every day he trains and plays like a kid.
“He is someone that I really appreciate and admire so much – his values and everything he has done in football."
Financially PSG are the most viable squad who have expressed interest in the midfielder thus far, although QPR owner Tony Fernandes has been outspoken in his admiration for the player. In a recent interview with Goal.com, the aviation tycoon discussed the future of his newly-acquired club (the takeover was only finalised in August) and whether he will ask for Beckham to be a part of it. He said:
“Never say never. There is no single policy at QPR, whether it's David Beckham or Joey Barton or whoever.
“We have to look at each situation and evaluate if it makes good sense to the club. We have got to have a long-term plan. The key is not just signings but delivering a good academy, a good scouting system, a good training facility. There is a lot of work to be done."
Respectably, Fernandes conceded that if QPR were to sign Becks they would need to depart from the small 18,000 capacity stadium if they wanted to be taken seriously.
"You can't have £150,000-a-week players if you have a stadium like this - one day we will have to look at something. It's been less than a month [since the takeover].”
Becks’ eagerness to represent Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics could make signing with a Premier League squad a more attractive proposition than that a foreign team, and PGS’ incredibly well-lined pockets will ensure that if they were to sign Beckham he wouldn’t be the only fresh face in the squad come January, meaning that regular first-team football would be unlikely.
As Becks has previously stated that he wants to bow out of the game on a high note, a season spent circulating the sub bench will certainly not be the most respectable of finales for one of the greatest footballers of this generation.
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