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Guthrie handed new deal

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Tue, 14 May 2013 18:04:00

Paris St Germain chairman Nasser al Khelaifi is hoping to see David Beckham remain at the club in some capacity next season.

With the French outfit having toasted Ligue 1 title success over the weekend, attention is already turning to 2013/14.

An approach from Real Madrid for coach Carlo Ancelotti has been knocked back, with PSG looking to strengthen their ranks, rather than break them up.

They have regularly expressed a desire to see former England captain Beckham pen an extension to the short-term contract he agreed in January and remain part of their plans.

The 38-year-old is yet to decide what the future holds, but Al Khelaifi claims there will always be a role for him at Parc des Princes.

He told L'Equipe: "We will see what David wants to do. We would like to see him go on with us.

"He is a man of great quality and if he decides not to go on as a player, I hope he remains with us in another role.

"Having him among us, on the pitch or off the pitch, is very important. It's up to him."

Essential



Al Khelaifi has also expressed a desire to see sporting director Leonardo remain at the club - despite seeing the Brazilian jostle a referee to put himself in disciplinary trouble and spend a night in a Paris hospital on Sunday after feeling unwell during PSG's title celebrations.

He said: "Whether he does things in a good way or a bad way, he is always led by his desire to protect the club. Leonardo has given his heart and health for the club.

"It is thanks to him that we are champions. He hired most of the players that are currently in the team. He is essential to our project and his departure is not topical."

The 20-year-old has just enjoyed a breakthrough season under manager Steve Davis, making his first two senior appearances before a groin injury left him sidelined for the final two months and unable to play a part in the Alex's 2-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy triumph over Southend at Wembley.

Guthrie told Crewe Alex Player: "I am delighted to sign for another year and to be given another chance. It was a bit of a nervy time for me to have the injury and I missed over two months of football.

"When you are out of contract and injured, it could go either way, so I'm just pleased they have seen something in me to offer me another year and hopefully I can repay them with the performances next season."

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