David Beckham could replace Leonardo at Paris Saint-Germain after the Brazilian announced he was stepping down as sporting director after the close of the transfer window, ESPN
Beckham is unlikely to fill the void directly, it was claimed in the French press, but a position as special adviser to PSG’s president, Nasser Al Khelaifi, is in the offing, according to Al Khlaifi. The 39-year-old said: “We’re talking to [Beckham] about his future career choice. He could be an ambassador or an advisor.”
It was at PSG that Beckham ended his playing days, winning the Ligue 1 title with the capital club last season, having also tasted success in the Premier League with Manchester United, La Liga with Real Madrid and MLS at the LA Galaxy. Beckham also won over 100 England caps, captaining the national team for a number of years.
ESPN add that Beckham would work with newly-appointed Coach Laurent Blanc if he was to take a role with PSG, but also that Beckham’s presence could pave the way for Blanc to be replaced by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger next summer. The PSG president is a known admirer of Wenger and Wenger’s contract with the Gunners is due to expire in a year’s time.
Al Khelaifi added that though he was sorry to see Leonardo leave the club, PSG’s goals would still be realised without the former Milan player. “The project stops for no-one. PSG today has more than 200 employees, including the players. The club is growing very quickly, and nothing and no-one will stop that growth from continuing,” Al Khelaifi said.
He continued: “Nothing can slow us down. We’re continuing to build our team and our club to become a major European challenger in the years to come.”
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