Former England captain David Beckham enjoyed a promising French league debut for Paris St Germain, riding warm crowd support in a late cameo during the 2-0 home victory over Olympique Marseille on Sunday.
The 37-year-old was greeted by a roar from the packed Parc des Princes stadium when he made his first appearance off the bench in the 75th minute and made enough of an impact to please coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Beckham commented little about his own performance but gushed about the victory and the warm welcome at the "beautiful" Parc des Princes. He's has been France's main attraction since signing for PSG three weeks ago but has tried to keep his preparations low-profile.
"I'm very close to being 100 percent fit now, you know, but I never expect to start a game, you know, we have got many great players here in the team, and I am just very happy to be part of a squad that is playing well and is winning games," he said. "Obviously I'm very happy, because obviously the second goal secured the win, so I was very happy to be part of that and just happy to get on the field and play."
Coach Carlo Ancelotti, who coached Beckham during his first spell at AC Milan in 2009, dismissed suggestions he had fielded Beckham because of his iconic status, adding that Beckham could start Wednesday's French Cup last 16 home game against Marseille.
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