PUNE CITY, India, Dec 5- Former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen has expressed his desire to play for Chapecoense if needed in the wake of last month’s tragic plane disaster.
Nineteen members of the Brazilian outfit died en route to Medellin, Colombia where Chape were due to play in the Copa Sudamericana final first leg against Atletico Nacional.
In total 71 people lost their lives when the British-made Avro RJ85 aircraft went down in Cerro Gordo, La Union in Colombia.And in light of a tragically decimated squad, Gudjohnsen has publicly offered his services to the club.
The 38-year-old took to Twitter to make the announcement adding that possible opportunity to reunite with former Barca team-mate Ronaldinho would be a welcome bonus.
‘Out of respect I would play for Chapecoense if they have a place for me!’ he tweeted.
‘If not just to play with @10Ronaldinho again #ForcaChape.’
Some reports have suggested Ronaldinho, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and can list Barca, AC Milan and PSG among his previous employers, and former Argentina international Juan Roman Riquelme have offered their services for free.
Ronaldinho’s agent and brother, Roberto Assis, said no talks had yet taken place – as Brazil continued to mourn the tragedy – but he confirmed that the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year will do all he can to help the club.
‘It is a very difficult time,’ Assis told Globo Esporte. ‘Later on, if there is a contact, we can talk.
‘I can only say that we are here and we want to help.
‘He (Ronaldinho) fits the profile, can be the right guy. But the moment is to help families and it would be (wrong) to create expectations for now. As Brazilians, we feel involved. We are together.’
-By Daily Mail-