David Beckham has ruled out a move into management after his playing career is over.
The former England captain is expected to start for Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow night in the second leg of their Champions League clash with Barcelona.
The 37-year acknowledges he is the final knockings of his trophy-laden career, but has no plans to emulate Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson or current manager Carlo Ancelotti.
‘I like coaching children and I like being around children. I am very passionate about that, but coaching a team I am not passionate about,’ Beckham said.
Beckham’s PSG travel to the Nou Camp knowing they will have to end Barcelona’s 20-game unbeaten home run to progress to the semi-finals.
But the former United and Real Madrid midfielder is confident they can upset the odds.
‘We are more than capable of going to Barcelona and winning,’ added Beckham, who was speaking to PSG TV.
‘We have the ability and we have the players. We also have the character. For the 90 minutes against a team like Barcelona it is always going to be a battle because they have so much possession.’
Blaise Matuidi scored an injury-time leveller to keep the tie alive last week before the return leg at the home of the Spanish giants.
‘I don’t think it was the perfect result because the perfect result was to win the game when you’re playing at home,’ said Beckham.
‘But I think overall we created a lot of chances and we could have won the game. It’s not too bad. ‘We know what we have to do in Barcelona. We have to score and win the game.’
Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels Beckham has taken on an important leadership role at the club.
Having left the Los Angeles Galaxy, Beckham signed a five-month contract with PSG in January and has since made eight appearances for the Qatari-owned outfit.
Speaking about the 37-year-old former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfielder ahead of tomorrow’s second leg, Ibrahimovic told CNN: ‘I think he has been very important for us.
‘Because in the situation that we are in now, the club has been changing from a normal club to a top club, and Beckham gives you some kind of confidence.
Instead he’s focusing on winning another Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain
‘He has the responsibility, on the pitch and off the pitch, to lead the way for these two months (which) is very important.
‘He has a quality, a big quality; he has a touch that I haven’t seen many players have. And he is very elegant when he plays.’
Beckham and Ibrahimovic are the two most high-profile among a number of notable signings PSG have made over the past couple of years following their Qatari takeover.
And Ibrahimovic, a former Barcelona player who joined the Ligue 1 leaders from AC Milan last summer, admits he is glad the ex-England captain is now helping share the spotlight.
‘I think it’s good for me that Beckham came so he gets more attention than me, so they leave me a little bit alone,’ Sweden international Ibrahimovic said.
‘When I came here everybody said “don’t worry, as a football player you can walk in the city and nobody will disturb you. Because as a football player here it is not like it is in Italy”.
‘But since the day I came here it’s been totally stressful. Everybody is chasing me with their scooters; I don’t even walk in the streets.
‘When David came he got more of the media attraction, so that’s good because he takes care of that and I can play football, focus on football.’