Old man Beckham will have to roll back the years to succeed at PSG, warns Pires
Published 21:00 22/12/11 By John Cross
Arsenal legend Robert Pires has backed David Beckham to be a huge hit in France - if he can prove age is no barrier.
Former England captain Beckham, 36, is set to be unveiled as mega-rich Paris Saint Germain's new signing. The former Manchester United superstar looks to win a title in a fourth different country.
Ex-France international Pires has no doubt about his talent but says Beckham will have to be supremely fit to fit in at PSG after four years with LA Galaxy.
Pires said: "Beckham could really help PSG in the second part of the season if he is in really good physical shape. I don't doubt about his ability but it will be hard for him to maintain his rhythm and complete games for a club like PSG.
"His age could be overcome by bringing in a level of experience and intelligence to the squad which could be important.
"Beckham will be important for the forwards and his assists can be very useful. But the adaptation to European football again may be difficult."