Beckham must wait before making PSG debut

David Beckham will have to wait at least one more week to make

his debut for Paris Saint-Germain because his coach says he needs

to get in better shape.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti ruled out the 37-year-old former England

captain for Sunday’s match against Sochaux in the French

league.

”He will stay here and work,” Ancelotti said Saturday. ”He

will stay here and improve his physical condition. He still needs

to work, and with a week’s work he will be ready the following week

against Marseille.”

PSG hosts title rival Marseille on Feb. 24 and again three days

later in the French Cup.

”I think he can play easily against Marseille after one week

more training, no problem,” Ancelotti said. ”I will make the

decision whether he starts or not.”

Beckham, looking to win a league championship in a fourth

country, started full training with PSG this week and has not

played since his last appearance for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Dec.

1. He worked out last week in London with personal fitness

trainers.

”The level of French football is high, there is a lot of

rhythm, a lot of intensity,” Ancelotti said, adding he plans to

use Beckham either in a defensive central midfield role or out wide

on the right.

”He brings his experience, his quality, his professionalism.

These are the things we need from David,” said Ancelotti, who is

close to Beckham after coaching him at AC Milan. ”I’m not just

keeping him for the Cup or the Champions League. He can play in

every match.”

Entering this weekend’s matches, PSG leads Lyon by six points

and Marseille by eight.

”We are in very good form at the moment,” Ancelotti said,

referring to PSG’s unbeaten start to the year.

PSG took a step toward reaching the Champions League

quarterfinals by winning 2-1 at Valencia this week.