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Gazza: Why I chose Rangers over Chelsea

Geordie great Paul Gascoigne has explained why he rejected Chelsea.

The Blues were after the England legend's signature when he left Lazio in the summer of 1995.

Reminiscing alongside former Gers team-mate Ally McCoist on talkSPORT, Gascoigne, 54, said: "I remember speaking to [then Lazio boss] Dino Zoff and asking him what clubs were interested in me at the time and he said Chelsea.

"I said 'I ain't going there, what's the other one?' He replied Aston Villa.

"And I said I ain't going there either, and then he said Rangers. So I'm walking out of the door and I turned around and said 'I ain't going to Queens Park Rangers'.

"No, Glasgow Rangers. I slammed the door and said to Dino get them over quickly.

"I remember [Rangers boss] Walter Smith turning up and going 'let me tell you about the club'.

"I went 'no, let me tell you what I've got in the fridge…. and I came out with two Budweisers. He said 'you're signing, aren't you?!'"


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