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David Beckham, on tour in China in his new role as an ambassador to the country's football league, has said he plans to keep on playing professionally when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain runs out at the end of the season.
Speaking during an interview on Chinese football programme Soccer Night, the 37-year-old said he has no retirement plans but is looking forward to educating the country's parents and children in his new capacity.
David Beckham received a big welcome in Beijing where he is promoting Chinese football - which has been marred by scandals and corruption.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder told ITV News that his reputation would not be damaged by being associated with football in the country and said he was there "for the future" not the past.
The former England captain, who would not confirm whether he was being paid for his work as an ambassador, did admit that his new role would be beneficial for brand Beckham.
Victoria Beckham's clothing designs are already on sale in Beijing shops and fashion journalist Alice McInerney told ITV News the footballer's role would only help the couple "reinforce" their brand in the country.
David Beckham was presented with a gift at a Beijing news conference today at the start of his four-day tour of China.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, who is China’s first global football ambassador, was shown a video that depicted his career though drawings.
At the end of the video, school children are encouraged to “Play Football Like Beckham”.
David Beckham told a news conference in China: "I'm very proud to be an ambassador and help the game here from the very young ages up to the professional level.
"I'm very proud and thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to being part of this project."
Former England captain David Beckham has arrived in Beijing and begun his four-day tour of China.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is China's first global football ambassador and his role includes helping to raise the profile of the Chinese Super League.
The 37-year-old visited a school in the Chinese capital and took questions at a news conference.
David Beckham is expected in Beijing as a part of his role as ambassador for Chinese football
The Paris Saint-German star is set to arrive in China for a five-day, three-city visit in his capacity as ambassador to the Chinese Super League.
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