Before a deal has even been signed, reports that English football star David Beckham is set to join football giants Paris Saint Germain has unleashed a wave of comment.

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Beckham prospect divides politicians

Before a deal has even been signed, reports that English football star David Beckham is set to join football giants Paris Saint Germain has unleashed a wave of comment.

Beckham prospect divides politicians
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The reported size of Beckham´s pay packet, at €800,000 per month ($1.05 million), has caused some on the left to rail against the high salaries of football players.

“I’ve had enough of these huge salaries,” said Socialist member of parliament Jean-Marc Ayrault on TV news channel i-Télé. 

“And it’s not just in football,” he added. “The Socialists are proposing a law that would put in place a maximum salary.”

Eva Joly, who will stand as presidential candidate for the Greens in 2012, said the salary was “shocking given the economic crisis.”

“It’s not a game, but business,” she said. “At his age and given the state of his knees, he’ll be selling T-shirts.”

Support for the possible Beckham salary came from the business minister, Frédéric Lefebvre.

“Let’s wait and see what David Beckham brings to the club and then we’ll know if it’s interesting or not for the club to employ him,” he said, reported daily newspaper 20 Minutes. He added that salaries in football can be high but that “careers can be very short.”

For former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the issue of Beckham’s salary was less important than the possible arrival of his wife, former Spice Girl turned fashion designer Victoria.

“I’m thrilled that his wife is coming,” he said.

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FOOTBALL

Beckham tipped to start against Nancy

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti on Friday hinted that David Beckham will start Saturday's Ligue 1 match against Nancy at the Parc des Princes.

Beckham tipped to start against Nancy
Beckham warms up ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Valencia. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

The veteran Englishman was left on the bench for the entirety of Wednesday's Champions League last 16, second leg, against Valencia, when a 1-1 draw took the French giants through to the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

But that means he is fresher than most of his team-mates for a match that PSG will be expected to win, with Ancelotti's side two points clear of Lyon at the top of the table and Nancy in the relegation zone.

"He is available and, like all of the players who didn't play (on Wednesday), he has a greater chance of being on the pitch on Saturday," said Ancelotti at his eve-of-game press briefing.

PSG will be without Christophe Jallet and Thiago Motta for the game, with the latter picking up a minor calf problem on Wednesday on his return after a spell out injured.

Jeremy Menez is back, however, after missing the Valencia match.

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