Beckham to give salary to children’s charity

The Northern Echo: NEW COLOURS: David Beckham holds a Paris Saint Germain shirt after signing yesterday. He will wear number 32 NEW COLOURS: David Beckham holds a Paris Saint Germain shirt after signing yesterday. He will wear number 32

DAVID BECKHAM completed his move to Paris St Germain yesterday and announced he will donate his entire salary – believed to be in the region of £2m – to a local children’s charity.

The former England captain, 37, signed a five-month contract with the Ligue 1 leaders as a free agent after his five-and-a-half-year spell at LA Galaxy ended in December.

While Beckham’s wage is unknown, it is expected to be around £100,000 a week.

Beckham explained his charitable gesture, saying: ‘‘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.

‘‘It’s something exciting and something I’m not sure has been done before.’’ Beckham said he had not identified a suitable charity yet, 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 former Manchester United, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder 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.”

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