PARIS: David Beckham will train for the first time with his new Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) team-mates on Wednesday next week, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.
“He is coming on Wednesday, he will start work with the team and we are going to see what his physical condition is like for possibly the match against Sochaux,” said Ancelotti.
Beckham looks likely to travel with the squad to Spain for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16, first leg clash against Valencia.
“I think he’ll come and watch the game,” added Ancelotti.
Ancelotti’s comments came after PSG shook off a lacklustre first half to defeat Bastia 3-1 on Friday and go six points clear at the top of Ligue 1 in a morale-boosting win ahead of their Champions League duty next week.
PSG, moved onto 51 points, taking their recent run to 12 matches without defeat in all competitions.
Jeremy Menez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi were all on target for PSG although Wahbi Khazri’s 83rd-minute free-kick from 30 metres, which made the score 2-1, meant goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu’s proud unbeaten record ended at the 947-minute mark.
Menez put PSG ahead in the 56th minute with Ibrahimovic, who had started on the bench for the first time in his Ligue 1 career, making it 2-0 with a 71st-minute penalty.
After Khazri’s thunderbolt, Lavezzi settled PSG’s nerves to put the pressure back on second-place Lyon who welcome Lille on Sunday.
Ancelotti insisted that Ibrahimovic had no arguments over being demoted to the bench.