Friday 6 December 2019

Gascoigne: Arsenal paid £50,000 for medical bills

Former Tottenham Hotspur legend reveals that Arsene Wenger agreed to help pay for pneumonia and hip treatment

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Paul Gascoigne says that north London rivals Arsenal paid £50,000 to help him with medical bills
Former Tottenham Hotspur star Paul Gascoigne says that north London rivals Arsenal paid £50,000 to help him with medical bills

Jeremy Wilson

Paul Gascoigne has told of how Arsenal secretly arranged to pay £50,000 towards his medical care after help was personally sanctioned by Arsene Wenger.

The former Tottenham legend was also quoted in an interview on Monday as saying that his former club had asked him to pay for his tickets when he asked to watch the Champions League fixture against Real Madrid at White Hart Lane in 2011.

Spurs have stressed previously how they offer their continuous support to Gascoigne and he did turn down an invite to attend the fixture against Lazio in 2012 owing to “personal reasons”. He then attended the Everton match in the Premier League last year at White Hart Lane and sat alongside Gary Mabbutt, who is an ambassador for Spurs.

Redknapp was the Spurs manager when they played Real Madrid and he has also offered to personally pick up the former England midfielder in Bournemouth every morning to take him training at Queens Park Rangers.

Speaking to The Sun, Gascoigne revealed how Arsenal and Wenger had helped him. “I rang up (Arsenal) physio Gary Lewin and told him I wasn't feeling great,” he said. “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.

"I wanted to watch Spurs against Real Madrid and got told they only had two tickets for £60. I'd have to watch from under the directors' box with some players who played 30 years before me.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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