David Beckham learns French to avoid la destinee de Joey Barton

David Beckham is learning French after signing a five-month contract with Paris Saint Germain, so he can communicate with his teammates and the media.

The England football legend is keen to swerve the fate of Marseille’s Joey Barton, who was ridiculed for his attempt at a French accent in a press conference.

A source told the Daily Star: “Becks isn’t daft enough to make Joey’s mistake.

“He has gone to great lengths to make sure he has a decent command of French. He wants to talk to the players, fans and the media in French. He’s booked a tutor in France and has courses on his portable devices.”

Beckham – who will live in a hotel in Paris while wife Victoria and their four children stay in London – has begun lessons to talk to teammates and fans and when he cannot have classes he has a language course on his iPhone and iPad.