Beckham proud of charitable gesture
David Beckham turned last night’s big-money transfer deadline day spending on its head when he revealed he will donate his entire salary at new club Paris St Germain to charity.
That means the former England captain, who signed a five-month deal with the Ligue 1 leaders yesterday, will likely be giving between £2million and 3million to a Paris children’s charity.
Beckham, 37, said: “We decided on something quite unique. In this time I won’t receive any salary. My salary will go to a local children’s charity in Paris.
“That’s one of the things we are very excited about and proud to do and something I’m not sure has been done before.”
Beckham said he had not yet identified a suitable charity, and could not announce how much they would receive, except to say it would be a “huge sum”.
“It’s something the guys will decide, but it’s a very good figure,” Beckham said.
“That’s one thing we’re very excited about. To be able to give a huge sum to a children’s charity in Paris, it’s very special.”
The veteran midfielder, who recently moved to London from Los Angeles with his family, thinks the switch to the Parisian side could become a more long-term project.
He said: “I don’t see that it’s a short-term project. It might be a short-term project for me playing but there’s a lot happening in this club with these owners.
“Whatever club I’ve gone to and whatever team Ive played for, I’ve worked hard.
“I don’t expect to come into this team and play every game – I need to work hard. I don’t automatically expect a place in the starting XI.
“I might have only signed a contract until the end of the season but I consider myself to be part of helping this club to grow, help the French league to grow and become one of the biggest powerhouses in football.”
The former Manchester United, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder also explained how PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti and sporting director Leandro had persuaded him to join the wealthy French giants.
Beckham knows both men from time he spent on loan at AC Milan.
“I’m very lucky. I’m 37 years old and I got a lot of offers – more now than I’ve probably had in my career. I’m very honoured by that,” Beckham said.
“I chose Paris because I can see what the club are trying to do. I can see who the club are trying to bring in.
“It’s an exciting city and now there’s a club that’s going to have a lot of success over the next 10, 20, 30 years.
“I’m very honoured I’ve been picked to be part of the future of PSG.
“Every club I’ve played for throughout the world I’ve been successful with.
“I was successful with Manchester United and always said I’d never want to play for another English club.
“I had a lot of history with Manchester United. It’s the team I support and the team I dreamt of playing for.
“I’m very honoured by the offers I had from other Premier League clubs but I didn’t want to play there unless it was for Manchester United.”
The London-born player admitted he will need to work on his language skills after signing on the dotted line.
He said: “I haven’t spoken French for quite a few years, since I was at school, so I’ll definitely have to brush up on it.”