'David Beckham is ready to leave Los Angeles & Paris Saint-Germain would be a good move' - former LA Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit

Dutchman also urges Arsenal captain Robin van Persie to stay loyal to the Gunners, despite poor start to the season, by signing new contract and focusing on staying fit
By Greg Stobart in Monte Carlo

Former LA Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit believes David Beckham is ready for the challenge of leaving the MLS to play for Paris Saint-Germain.

Beckham's contract with the Galaxy expires when the MLS season ends next month and the 36-year-old midfielder is due to make a decision on his future in the next two weeks.

Qatari-backed PSG have held talks with Beckham's advisors while the former England international he has been linked with a number of other clubs, including Premier League sides Tottenham and QPR.

Gullit spent nine months as LA Galaxy coach in 2007-08 and believes Beckham is ready to return to European football after four years in the United States.

“Paris Saint-Germain is a great club with an ambitious project so that would be a very good and interesting move for him. I know how he thinks, he will want the challenge,” said Gullit, who was speaking at the Golden Foot awards in Monte Carlo.

“Beckham is obsessed with football and in Los Angeles there is no football culture, they care about other things.

“They don't care about football – I found that hard and I think David would as well. It was strange for me to be in a situation where people didn't care about the biggest game in the world.

“There are other emerging leagues where he could play but I think he is still good enough to play in a strong European league and in the European competitions.”

Dutch legend Gullit also urged compatriot Robin van Persie to be patient at Arsenal and not to start looking for a move following the Gunners' poor start to the season.

“As a Dutchman, I want to see him playing at the highest level but he can still do that at Arsenal,” Gullit added. “Arsenal is a great club in a bad moment.

“He has just been made captain after [Cesc] Fabregas left so it is too soon for him to start thinking about moving to another club.

“The most important thing is that he maintains his fitness for a full season.”

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