Carlo Ancelotti Denies PSG Chief Forced Him To Play David Beckham Against Barcelona

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Italian boss defends England midfielder’s performance.

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PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti has leapt to the defence of David Beckham following his performance for PSG against Barcelona according to BBC Sport.

The French media were highly critical of Beckham’s performance despite the player being assured on the ball and showing an impressive range of passing.

Beckham’s appearance in the starting eleven was a surprise amongst many with Italian midfielder Marco Verratti having been expected to start.

Beckham had made just one start and four substitute appearances before the game but has impressed club officials during his match time.

Reports in France have suggested that Ancelotti may have been forced into playing Beckham by club officials, keen to raise the club’s profile.

But Ancelotti has poured cold water on the speculation insisting that Beckham was selected on merit alone.

Beckham surprised many when he announced he was joining the French giants on the last day of January transfer window.

The former England star signed on a free transfer following the end of his contract with MLS side LA Galaxy.

Critics of the player suggested he had signed for the Qatari-backed side for one last payday but Beckham has defied those suggestions by donating his salary to a children’s charity and winning plaudits from his team-mates and coaches alike.

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