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Leonardo backs Becks

Paris Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal against Toulouse during their League One encounter at the Stade Municipal on Friday. Photo: AFP

David Beckham may have coyly stated he expects to have a fight on his hands to take his place in Paris Saint Germain's starting line-up after his arrival this week in the City of Light.

Yet PSG's sporting director Leonardo insists the 37-year-old is not coming to make up the numbers.

"You know what he brings on the pitch -- he is renowned for his professionalism -- he is very rigorous with himself," said the Brazilian.

"For us he is a player. We are not here to have a good time or have photo shoots but to win titles.

"That's what he has signed up for -- and that alone."

And speaking after Friday evening's 4-0 romp over Toulouse which cemented PSG's place at the top of Ligue 1, the Brazilian went further.

"It's normal there should be questions (but) after the departure of seven players and the arrival of two others (in the transfer window) we will have a reduced squad" of 24, Leonardo told reporters.

“He will therefore be an important guy. David Beckham is an exemplary player who has had an exemplary career in all respects, wining top honours throughout."

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