• Ligue 1

PSG: Beckham stays if he wants

ESPN staff
April 15, 2013
Any decision on David Beckham's future at PSG is in his hands, according to Leonardo © Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has indicated to Canal Plus that David Beckham has to decide whether he will stay on next season, while he also played down suggestions that coach Carlo Ancelotti could be replaced this summer.

"He will stay, it's done," Leonardo told the channel's Canal Football Club show when pushed on the subject of Beckham's future. However, he went on to say that the Englishman himself will decide whether to extend his stay in the French capital.

"I think Beckham is a special case. He will be 38 soon, and it is up to him to decide on his future. He has his life, his family to think about."

When contacted later by sports daily L'Equipe, Leonardo clarified: "If he wants to stay, he will stay. But nothing has been decided yet."

Beckham was a 76th-minute replacement for Marco Verratti in Saturday's 1-0 win at Troyes that sees PSG now nine points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table. The former England star has made six of his seven league appearances thus far from the bench.

Meanwhile, Leonardo insisted that coach Carlo Ancelotti is "perfect" for PSG despite rumours linking Jose Mourinho with a move to the Parc des Princes in the summer. The Italian's contract will be automatically extended if he leads the team to a top-three finish, something that is not in any doubt, but that has not stopped talk that he and current Real Madrid boss Mourinho could swap jobs at the end of the current campaign.

"Ancelotti is the man for the situation. He is perfect for us," Leonardo said. "The market is always open and transfers tend to be based on emotions. That is why things happen at the last minute, and now is not the time to think about it. But Carlo is very important for us and for the future of Paris Saint-Germain."

Leonardo also defended striker Kevin Gameiro, who reacted angrily to being substituted against Troyes and looks certain to leave the club in the summer, with Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund among the sides to have been linked with a move for the France international.

Asked if Gameiro, who has scored six league goals this season from just six starts, was likely to leave, Leonardo said: "I hope not. He has scored some vital goals this season. Without him we would be nine points worse off. It is up to the player to understand his own importance."

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