Former LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham has signed a five-month contract with Paris Saint-Germain, the French club announced during a press conference on Thursday. Beckham
completed a medical in Paris earlier in the day and could theoretically be available for PSG’s Ligue 1 game against Toulouse tomorrow night. However, during the press conference, the 37-year-old
revealed that he wasn’t game fit, so it would probably take a “few weeks” for him to feature for his new club. Beckham also announced that his salary, which wasn’t disclosed,
would go entirely to charity.
In an interview with the Independent, Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger agreed that Beckham, who has been training with Arsenal ahead of today’s announcement, would need to get in shape before he is ready to play games. "He told me that he doesn't look at all to be in shape. Beckham is super-ambitious,” Wenger said. "If, in his mind, he wanted to play in the Premier League he would not have gone on holiday. He would have prepared and come in and tried to impress me. He told me he has done nothing at all."
Beckham becomes PSG’s second major signing of the January transfer window, after Brazilian Lucas Moura joined the club from Sao Paulo for $61 million. Over the summer, the super-rich French club spent more than $135 million on Ezequiel Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti, Gregory van der Wiel and of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In addition to the French domestic league and cup competitions, Beckham will also be eligible to play in this season’s UEFA Champions League, where PSG will take on Valencia in the Round of 16 on February 12.