Beckham to Play at Paris St-Germain for Free

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Bulgaria: Beckham to Play at Paris St-Germain for Free Soccer player David Beckham (C) is pictured here lighting The London 2012 Olympic Flame as it arrives from Athens, Greece with The London 2012 Olympic Games Flame at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, Cornwall, Britain, 18 May 2012. Photo by EPA

David Beckham has joined French Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain and announced he will be playing for free.

The ex-England midfielder, 37, signed a five-month deal and said he would be donating his salary to charity.

"I'm excited, it's something we've been working on and talking about for quite a while," he said on Thursday, as cited by BBC.

"I won't receive any salary. My salary will go to a local children's charity. That's one of the things we are excited and proud to do."

"It's something the guys [PSG management] do, but obviously it's a very good figure. That's one thing we're very excited about. To be able to give a huge sum to a children's charity in Paris is very special."

Beckham has been without a club since leaving MLS side LA Galaxy in December and has been training with Arsenal.

The former England captain had firm offers from 12 different clubs but has opted for Ligue 1's big spenders.

Despite recently announcing he was to permanently base his family in London, Beckham always said he would make a decision on his next move based on "footballing reasons".

"I don't know if this will be my last contract," Beckham said.

"People have been speculating about that for a number of years, but I continue to play and sign contracts. I will see how I feel but I want to play as long as possible. My passion is football. It always has been. When I play football it is not about the biggest contract."

He also revealed that his sons Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, and Cruz, seven, will stay in London to go to school along with his wife Victoria, 38, and their one-year-old daughter Harper.

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