Gazza vows to 'beat his booze demons' in rehab
London, Mar. 4 : Troubled Paul Gascoigne has declared he is not ready "to give up the fight" as he battles his demons inside an addiction clinic.
Alcoholic Gazza, 45, was rushed into rehab in the US last month after friends feared time was running out for the frail football legend, reports The Sun.
Now, speaking for the first time about his ordeal, Gazza said the drink nearly finished him off. He said he has never been as bad before. He was, however, quick to add that he is not ready to give up the fight.
Gazza's childhood friend Jimmy "Five Bellies" Gardner has revealed how the former England international has been inspired by his footie-mad nephew Cameron.
Jimmy said his friend has been motivated by the thought of seeing the 11-year-old one day play at St James' Park.
He said Gazza is feeling positive and Cameron is the reason why.
It is the first update on Gazza's condition since he was admitted to the 6,000-pound-a-week Meadows Rehabilitation Centre in Phoenix, Arizona. He was in intensive care after suffering alcoholic withdrawal and is currently undergoing detox.
The cost of the stay is being met by celebrity friends, which include DJ Chris Evans, ex-England team-mate Gary Lineker and TV's Piers Morgan.