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Wed, 01 May 2013 12:56:00

Paris Saint-Germain assistant coach Paul Clement has labelled David Beckham's arrival at the club as "a breath of fresh air".

Beckham joined the Parisiens in January on a contract until the end of the season and has played in 12 matches in all competitions to help Carlo Ancelotti's men close in on the Ligue 1 title.

While the 37-year-old was shown a straight red card six minutes after being introduced to the action in the 1-0 win against Evian at the weekend, Clement believes his fellow Englishman has been an excellent addition to the PSG squad.

"Everyone was excited when they knew he was coming because he had a fantastic reputation as a pro and a man and great quality on the field still," Clement said in an interview with beIN Sport.

"He's been a breath of fresh air here. He gets on with everyone, first out to training, last one back in, real enthusiasm for the game.

"You know after 20 years of playing at the top level, he still loves his football and hopefully he'll be able to continue for a little bit longer."

Former Chelsea assistant Clement is optimistic the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder will remain with the French giants past the end of the season.

"The club have made it clear that they'd like him to stay on. But he's made it clear that's he's going to have a think about it at the end of the season, talk to his family, see how his body feels. If he feels fresh I'm sure he'll continue," Clement added.

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson will recall his big guns for the clash with the Brewers.

Parkinson rested Gary Jones, Gary Thompson, James Hanson, Nahki Wells and Jon McLaughlan for Saturday's 0-0 draw at Cheltenham, but they will all come back into the side at Valley Parade.

Winger Kyel Reid missed the Whaddon Road tie with a groin injury, but he has returned to training and will face a late fitness test to determine whether he will play.

Defender Andrew Davies is definitely out after he was sent off against the Robins and he now serves a one-match ban.

Bradford beat Burton 1-0 in their final home game of the regular season 10 days ago.

The visitors are without Lee Bell and Jack Dyer through suspension and injury respectively, which will also rule both midfielders out of the return leg on Sunday and the final at Wembley - should Gary Rowett's side reach the May 18 showpiece.

Bell received his second red card of the season during the recent league meeting with the Bantams and will serve the second game of his four-match ban.

Dyer suffered ankle ligament damage in that 1-0 defeat in West Yorkshire and he faces up to six weeks on the sidelines.

It looks like either John McGrath, who got the nod for the final fixture of the campaign at home to Gillingham at the weekend, or Lee Fowler will play alongside Robbie Weir in central midfield, although Rowett has not ruled out a change in formation.

"We've got lots of options," he said. "We could play extra players in there, or we've got an opportunity to do things differently with the formation. We can drop Zander Diamond into the back four to make it a back five.

"There are lots of things we can do but the key is we don't want to tinker too much."

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