Tottenham Hotspur legend Paul Gascoigne has revealed that the fierce local rival Arsenal agreed to pay £50,000 to help him with medical bills, while Spurs asked him to pay £60 to watch a match at White Hart Lane.
Talking to The Sun, the former Lazio and Rangers midfielder revealed his shock at being asked he could only get two tickets to Tottenham's Champions League clash with Real Madrid in 2011. Gazza then went on claim that the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger agreed for the club to pay for treatment.
“I wanted to watch Spurs against Real Madrid and got told they only had two tickets for £60. he said in the exclusive interview.
“I’d have to watch from under the directors’ box with some players who played 30 years before me.”
The report revealed that an eventual plea to Spurs legend and former captain Gary Mabbutt, who was a teammate of Gascoigne at the north London between 1988 and 1992, meant he was able to get tickets for the match.
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Some may find this treatment of a player who was such an outstanding member of the Spurs team in one of its most successful periods unusual. Former players at Premier League clubs is common occurrence on match days, especially when it is someone as popular as Gascoigne.
"Wenger then agreed to arrange £28,000 to pay for treatment"
Another detail revealed in what are a series of stories with The Sun, was that when the 47-year-old was once hit with a bout of pneumonia an unlikely ally came in the form of one of his former rival clubs.
A phone call to the Gunners saw manager Wenger agree to the club paying £28,000 for that particular problem, as well as a similar sumo when other problems raised.
Wenger Agreed To Help
“I rang up their physio Gary Lewin and told him I wasn’t feeling great," added the former Newcastle United star.
“He said to go to hospital as he feared it was pneumonia. Wenger then agreed to arrange £28,000 to pay for treatment. Arsenal also paid £22,000 when I had hip treatment.”
Gascoigne has been living with alcoholism for some time and this latest set of interviews come after he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act last month following a relapse and head butting a man.
However, he insisted he was currently doing well and put his latest relapse down to boredom, describing his life recently as "Groundhog Day". Gazza is now hoping he is able to stay on top of his addiction and aims to take up some offers of work.