David Beckham with sons

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Famed for his family's jetsetting lifestyle as much as his football skills, David Beckham has opened up about how his brood cope with their less than traditional childhood.

Talking to CNN’s Pedro Pinto, Becks mused on what it's like to be away from his children, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper and wife Victoria, while he's training with Paris club, Saint-Germain. He explained: "When you speak about the sacrifices, that's obviously the sacrifice that I have to make as a father and as a husband, being away from my family.

"It's only for a short time but it’s difficult being away from the children every single day. But they understand it, they understand that Daddy works hard."

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With his boys growing up fast, it's clear David is trying his best to give them their independence, though not without keeping a close eye on them: "My eldest [13-year-old Brooklyn] now is at the age where he wants to do things and he wants to go places and you have to hold him back, or we have to hold him back. You have to explain it to him that there are certain things that he can't do.

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"But to be honest, with our children, we let them do 99% of the things they want to do because we want them to lead a normal life."

He also shared his favourite cuisine: snails, stadium: Wembley, and city: London.

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