Former Chelsea player offers to play for Chapecoense after air tragedy

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A former Chelsea striker has offered his services to Brazilian football club, Chapecoense, who lost 19 players in the air disaster last week killing 71 people.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, the ex-Chelsea forward and Icelandic national player is one of many high-profile footballers to have expressed intent to help the Brazilian club.

Gudjohnsen took to Twitter on Sunday evening to say that he would like play for Chapecoense if needed. The 38-year-old also made clear his desire to be reunited with Barcelona ex-team mate, Ronaldinho, who has already been linked with the club after last week’s tragedy.

Ronaldinho’s agent and brother spoke to Globo Esporte to confirm his wish to help the Brazilian team.

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Chapecoense’s chartered plane ran out of fuel and crashed outside Medellin, Colombia last week killing all but three of the team. The Brazilian side were on their way to play in the first leg of the Sudamerica Cup final, of which Chapecoense have now been named champions after the plane disaster.

In the wake of the air tragedy, many Brazilian clubs have agreed to loan some of their players to the Brazilian side, as well as asking for Chapecoense to be safeguarded from relegation for the next three seasons.

Gudjohnsen, Iceland’s all-time top scorer had a successful spell at Chelsea between 2000-2006, scoring 54 goals in 186 appearances, including two seasons under the former Blues boss, Jose Mourinho.

In a post to his Twitter account, he said: “Out of respect I would play for Chapecoense if they have a place for me! If not just to play with Ronaldinho again.” Gudjohnsen would be free to offer his services after Norwegian club, Molde, released him last summer.

The Chelsea legend has enjoyed an illustrious career, playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry at Barcelona, during the Catalan’s treble winning season in 2008-09.

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Details for how to donate to Chapecoense can be found here

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