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.

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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.