Love struck Gazza to shift base to Portugal

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London, Sept.30 : Keen to start a new life with his blonde sweetheart, former England football star Paul Gascoigne is quitting England for Portugal.

A Daily Star report said that Gazza has told his close friends that he plans to move to the Algarve so his relationship with ex-pat photographer Sally Mulholland can flourish.

Gazza, 41, reckons the move will allow him to escape the spotlight of publicity in which he constantly lives in England.

He will also be able to bury the nightmare memories of the past few months in which he has been sectioned, locked up in a police cell, cautioned for criminal damage and holed up in rehab.

Last week rumours swept the country that the former England star, who has been battling booze addiction and depression, had been found dead.

Gazza has told pals there is nothing to keep him in England. He has severed most of his ties with his family who refuse to tolerate his boozing, and fallen out again with ex-wife Sheryl, 43, after a series of bust-ups.

His relationship with best pal Jimmy "Five Bellies'' Gardner has deteriorated too.

The move also shows how deeply he has fallen for divorced mum-of-three Sally, 44 - a dead ringer for Sheryl.

The couple have only known each other a fortnight since meeting in an Algarve bar.

She flew to Britain to see him last week and they were spotted kissing in a trendy Newcastle restaurant.

"He is totally besotted with her and just wants to spend as much time with her as possible. Without her he reckons he has nothing really to do - and that's when he turns to drink,'' a friend of his said.

Gazza told mum Carol, 64, of his feelings for Sally in a two-hour phone conversation.

"He was happy and he was sober. I couldn't ask for more after all he's been through,'' Carol was quoted, as saying.

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