When David Beckham signed his contract with Paris Saint-Germain back in January, it was expected that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star would be a short-term investment for the Ligue 1 leaders.
The 38-year-old had already achieved his primary objective by signing on the dotted line, massively increasing shirt sales and once again furthering the brand of PSG on a world stage.
But the one thing everyone seemed to forget is that Beckham is still a very capable footballer.
Beckham soon set about reminding everyone of that fact. He has performed admirably at the Parc Des Princes, with solid displays against Marseille, Saint-Etienne and Rennes. Becks also had one assured performance in the Parisians contest with Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final in April.
If the ex-England international has demonstrated anything, it is that he still has the desire to continue competing at the highest level.
However, despite his obvious passion, it remains to be seen what kind of role Beckham will have at PSG next term if he does remain in the French capital.
The PSG hierarchy have already expressed their wish to keep their prize asset at the club for the next campaign. But with Lucas Moura, Blaise Matuidi, Javier Pastore and Marco Verratti all fighting for places in the midfield, it is unlikely that Beckham will get regular playing time for the Parisians in 2013-14.
And PSG have become known for spending freely in the past few years. With more additions expected in the off-season, it is questionable whether Beckham will be able to nail down any sort of regular place in the first-team.
Yet that may suit Beckham.
He has performed admirably in the holding midfield role, which is a position he has been allowed more space than perhaps he is used to. And with his growing off-the-field commitments, a reduced role in a comfortable position with a team primed for more success is likely to be attractive to one of the game's biggest names.
In truth, Beckham's role next season depends on exactly how keen he is to play every week.
If he still wishes to have some involvement in every game, then he is unlikely to be satisfied.
However if he is willing to gradually reduce his playing commitments in the French capital, then PSG and Beckham could continue to have a successful marriage for another year at least.
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