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Beckham moves to PSG, donates salary to charity

ESPN staff
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David Beckham has ended speculation about his future by signing a deal with Paris Saint Germain, claiming he is excited about getting started in Paris.

The former England captain became a free agent last year, having finished his career in the United States with MLS Cup glory with LA Galaxy.

He had been training with Arsenal in recent days, while Queens Park Rangers and West Ham expressed interest in signing the midfielder.

At the end of December, Paris Saint Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti said there was no interest from the club in Beckham.

However, reports on Thursday suggested PSG had made an offer - which resulted in Beckham travelling to Paris for a medical. The tests passed off without a hitch and the 37-year-old was paraded before the media after signing a five-month deal.

Beckham claims he turned down a host of offers, to take up what he has described as an exciting challenge.

"I am lucky," Beckham said. "I am 37. I had a lot of offers, more than I had in my entire career. I am honoured.

"I chose Paris because I can see what the club are trying to do and the players they are bringing in.

"There is a club that is going to have a lot of success over next 10, 15, 20 years. For now, to be part of something that is growing is exciting."

Beckham also revealed that he will not be paid during his time with the Ligue 1 side, with his salary instead being donated to various charities in and around the French capital.

"With [president] Nasser Al-Khelaifi, with [sports director] Leonardo we decided on something that's quite unique," Beckham said. "I won't receive any salary during my time at Paris St Germain, my salary will go to a children's charity in Paris.

"I'm very passionate about children and charity and so are the club. I don't think something like this has been done before."

PSG are pressing for honours both domestically and in Europe and Beckham will have high hopes of making an impact in the Champions League.

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