‘The Juventus president said they want to sign me after the tournament’: Paul Gascoigne reveals he was approached in tunnel ahead of his memorable 1990 World Cup semi-final appearance
- England legend Paul Gascoigne has revealed that Juventus tried to sign him
- The midfielder was approached by the club’s president Vittorio Chiusano
- Gascoigne had been about to walk out the tunnel in infamous 1990 semi final
- But Gascoigne decided against the move to Italy after considering the offer
Paul Gascoigne has revealed Juventus president Vittorio Chiusano had approached him with an offer to join the Italian giants before the infamous 1990 World Cup semi-final.
The English midfielder had been about to emerge from the tunnel before the memorable clash with West Germany when the encounter took place.
But Gascoigne eventually rejected the chance to move to Italy after returning home from the tournament and considering his future.
Paul Gascoigne was approached by Juventus in the tunnel at 1990 World Cup semi-final
‘I was walking down the tunnel and I got stopped,’ Gascoigne recalled.
‘It was the president of Juventus, who said “after the tournament we’d like you to sign”‘.
‘So you can imagine I’ve got that going through my mind, as well as trying to win the semi-final and play in a World Cup final. Then obviously there were the tears, and it was all one big bundle.’
The Gateshead-born former star had produced several memorable performances during the tournament.
The former star had produced several memorable performances during the tournament
Gascoigne would later sign for fellow Serie A outfit Lazio two years after Juventus offer
But the infamous snapshots of his tears on the field came after a lunging tackle on Thomas Berthold resulted in a yellow card and subsequent suspension from the final.
The Three Lions crashed out on penalties, however, after the dramatic semi-final encounter – and Gascoigne would later return to England with the potential of a move to Italy now planted in the back of his mind.
The now 52-year-old signed for Serie A outfit Lazio two years later, making 43 appearances and scoring six goals during his turbulent three season spell at the Stadio Olimpico.