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Sunday, 12 January, 2003, 08:46 GMT
Gudjohnsen in casino woe
Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen
Gudjohnsen: Gambling habit got him into debt
Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has revealed he lost 400,000 in five months because of a gambling problem.

The 24-year-old told The People newspaper that he sought refuge in a casino after becoming bored and lonely while out injured.

"It started mainly out of boredom and killing time, until it came to the point where I was in debt," said the Icelandic international.

"I have seen for myself just how dangerous this gambling thing can be. I will definitely not put another foot in the casino.

If the club accept an offer for me, then I'll think about it

Eidur Gudjohnsen on his Chelsea future

"I can easily see how young people can get sucked into gambling and I am happy to stand up as a warning to others not to get hooked."

Gudjohnsen scored once in Chelsea's 4-1 drubbing of Charlton on Saturday.

But afterwards he revealed his future at the club remained unclear, after being linked to a number of clubs.

"I have a contract with Chelsea and, if the club accept an offer for me, then I'll think about it," said Gudjohnsen. "Otherwise I'm staying here and I'm happy to do so."

Jason Euell scored Charlton's sole goal, from a spot kick, while Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, William Gallas and Graeme Le Saux all joined Gudjohnsen on the scoring sheet.

Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri afterwards described the dire Stamford Bridge pitch as a "beach".

But his opposite number, Charlton manager Alan Curbishley refused to blame it for his side's heavy defeat.

He said: "If you let in two goals in the first 10 minutes against a top-four side, then it's very difficult to recover. Chelsea have a bit of steely determination about them this season.

"I'm very disappointed though and we've let down our fans so we will do everything to put it right next week."

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