Beckham praise ahead of Parc swansong
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti and right-back Christophe Jallet have both spoken out in praise of retiring legend David Beckham ahead of the last home game of the former England captain's glittering career.
Beckham's announcement of his intention to retire at the end of the season has caused a buzz in the footballing world, and Ancelotti and Jallet were among the many who paid tribute to the former Manchester United midfielder ahead of champions PSG's final home game of the season, against Brest on Saturday night.
Ancelotti: 'A tough decision'
"We just have to respect his decision," said Ancelotti, whose directors had been looking to sign the 38-year-old on for another season before his announcement on Wednesday. "It's a tough decision to make, and he believes that it is the right time for him to stop. It's nice for him that he could decide for himself rather than being forced into the decision because he didn't have a club, or some other worry like that.
"PSG and the world are losing a fantastic player and a great guy. Now he and the club will arrive at some decisions about his future. In any case, he is and has always been so humble. That's his great quality. Alon with his passing game, of course…"
Jallet: 'Beckham an example to us all'
Teammate Christophe Jallet, who is looking forward to all-out title celebrations with the PSG fans at the Parc des Princes, also paid tribute to 'le Spice Boy':
"He is extraordinary both as a man and as a player," said the PSG and France right-back. "He keeps it simple. His incredible appetite for work and his perfectionism are very impressive. He's like a youngster who has just broken into the first team: the first to arrive at training and one of the last to leave. He's an example for us all; that's how you do it. He's leaving football having just clinched another title, and that's great."