Paul Gascoigne brutally rejected Chelsea transfer before signing Rangers from Lazio

Paul Gascoigne revealed that he brutally ignored Chelsea in 1995.

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

Paul Gascoigne becomes a legend in Glasgow Rangers

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Paul Gascoigne becomes a legend in Glasgow RangersCredit: Hulton Archive – Getty

But Gazza, who was still loved at Spurs after playing at White Hart Lane for four years, had none.

So he joined the Glasgow Rangers instead.

Looking back on his memories alongside his ex-Jers teammate, Ally McCoist, Gascoigne said on TalkSPORT: “I remember talking to [then Lazio boss] Dino Zoff and asked him which clubs were interested in me at the time, he said Chelsea.

“I said I’m not going there, what’s the other?” Aston Villa replied.

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“And I said I wasn’t going there either, and then the Rangers said. So I walked out the door and turned around and said ‘I’m not going to Queens Park Rangers.'”

“No, Glasgow Rangers. I closed the door and told Dino to leave quickly.

“I remember [Rangers boss] Walter Smith came and went “Let Me Tell You About The Club”.

“I went ‘No, let me tell you what I have in the fridge…’ and I went out with two Budweiser.” “You’re expecting, right?!” he said.

Gazza made a great friendship with Ally McCoist

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Gazza made a great friendship with Ally McCoistcredit: Getty
Gascoigne is still revered in Ibrox to this day

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Gascoigne is still revered in Ibrox to this dayCredit: Willy Fez – The Sun

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The transfer sparked such a frenzy in Glasgow that enthusiastic fans imitated the midfielder’s blond hairstyle.

He continued, “I remember meeting the president upstairs on the ground and he said, “Have you seen outside?” I said: No, why? “Take a look outside.”

“I looked outside and saw all the fans. My hair was blond, all of them were yellow – bless them. That was cool.

“I remember the bastard who said you’d laugh, be serious when you play, but you’d laugh with the boys in the locker room.”

Gascoigne won two Scottish Premier League titles, a Scottish Cup and a Scottish League Cup during his three glittering years in Glasgow.

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