David Beckham’s surprise move to Paris Saint-Germain received a decidedly mix reaction in the French media. Players, former players and coaches seemed to think that 37-year-old Beckham still has what it takes to succeed in Ligue 1, while the French media wondered aloud whether the Englishman’s arrival would prove to be anything but massive publicity stunt for PSG.
Former Chelsea defender Franck Leboeuf pointed out that even if he doesn’t play much, Beckham’s presence could help steady PSG’s unsettled locker room. "I'm sure he'll be an incredible example,” the former World Cup winner told Le Parisien. “If he doesn't play, he won't say a word. That will incite others to do the same … He can bring stability to the squad."
After watching Beckham train with his squad over the past few weeks, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger gushed over his professionalism. "He arrives early in the morning, works very well and continues after the training session,” Wenger said. “The players, especially the youngsters, admire him and listen to his advice, which is always positive. He's got enormous charisma. He also has one incredible quality, he's been able to get the most out of his career. He's managed to do that because he loves football. He's ambitious and very professional."
The French media were less impressed with Beckham and PSG’s latest move. Sports daily L’Equipe declared, “With the signature of the 'Spice Boy' David Beckham yesterday, PSG pulled off a sensational publicity stunt. The sporting interest of the move is less clear,” while Le Parisientermed the move “an incredible publicity stunt for the club and its Qatari owners."