PARIS (REUTERS) - David Beckham does not expect to be a regular starter at Paris St Germain but he hopes to adopt the same role as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes perform at his old club Manchester United, the former England captain said on Thursday.
The 37-year-old former Real Madrid midfielder made a surprise move to the big-spending Ligue 1 club on transfer deadline day last month when many had written him off.
The transfer grabbed the attention of the world's media but after signing a five-month contract and agreeing to donate his salary to a children's charity in Paris, Beckham now has to prove he can still contribute on the pitch.
Former team-mates Giggs, 39, and Scholes, 38, are still playing at United in their late 30s, albeit on a bit-part basis, and their roles are a template for Beckham.
"I might be able to create good things that happen off the field but on the field is where I want to be successful. I want to be a champion and I want to win trophies," Beckham said in an interview with Al Jazeera and Talksport radio.
"Players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at Manchester United, they don't play every game but when they do play they are big influences in the game. So I am looking to do that to continue to be successful."
Beckham has not played competitively since he left Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the Major League Soccer season in December.