David Beckham admits he chose a move to Paris St Germain because he could not bear to play against Manchester United in domestic competition.
The former England captain had offer from the Premier League, but chose instead to move to Paris where he admits the presence of Carlo Ancelotti and Leonardo, the head coach and sporting director who he worked with at AC Milan, had persuaded him to join the wealthy French giants.
And after signing a five-month contract and revealing he will donate all his playing wages to a children’s charity in Paris, Beckham spoke of his delight at the prospect of extending his career in Europe.
"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 at a press conference.
"I chose Paris because I can see what the club is trying to do. I can see who the club is 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 ten, 20, 30 years.
"I'm 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 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."