David Beckham has said that he thinks Tom Cruise is a “really good person" and a “great dad”.

The soccer star struck up a friendship with the Mission: Impossible actor when he moved to Los Angeles.

Speaking to Esquire magazine, he said: ''Do I ride my bikes with Tom? Yeah I do. Have we become good friends over the years? Yes, we have become very good friends. It's not a big celebrity thing. It's just something that happened. And it's good to have friends like that.

''He's a really good person. Tom is one of the hardest working people I know. He never stops. He's a great dad and he's got a great family behind him.''

In December, it was rumoured that Beckham was to be transferred to French soccer team Paris Saint-Germain, but the sportsman explained that his family are too happy in the US to relocate.

Beckham said: ''It was an option, obviously. We had to think about it because the five-year deal I signed here was up. And because I won the MLS championship last year, that was the thing that was playing on my mind. I was thinking maybe it's time to move on.

''Living in Paris, playing for a big European team was enticing I must admit. It was something I seriously thought about. But we weren't ready to leave. We've got a great lifestyle here. We've got great friends.''