I'm A Celebrity's David Ginola insists he is not afraid of his heart failing in the castle as he is so MANLY

FOOTBALL legend David Ginola kicks off his I’m a Celebrity   challenge tomorrow and says he’s ready for anything — despite once dying for eight minutes after a cardiac arrest on the pitch.

The French star, 54, says he is determined to make the most of his “second chance in life” and fears nothing in the stress-inducing trials because “I’m a man”.

He also reckons team spirit “like in the dressing-room” will hold the campmates together when the show begins at their Welsh castle home.

Bosses have revealed this year’s series will have the most trials yet but ex-Newcastle and Spurs star Ginola plans to take it all in his stride.

The former winger — who needed a quadruple heart bypass operation after his near-fatal collapse in France in 2016 — said: “I am a man. I’m not scared of anything.”

“When I am saying that I am not being pretentious. Obviously there are things that scare you in life. I know that they are going to try to put you in very complicated situations.

“Even if you get snakes or bugs or whatever . . .  I mean it is something to discover.

"It is fine for me. And as I said . . .  I am a man. I want to see if the man I am right now is capable of facing those situations.”

Ginola’s doctors said he was “very lucky to be alive” after he keeled over during the charity game.

He was given CPR by fellow star Frederic Mendy without which, say medics, he would have died or have suffered permanent brain damage.

Ginola said: “I am absolutely fine right now. Obviously when you have got a second chance in life you want to experiment different things.

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“I am not saying being in the show is experiencing something different but knowing what my life is now, I know it is going to be completely different.

“I am always talking about getting out of your comfort zone and this is what it is going to be.

"I am going to wear the same clothes. We are sharing the same shower. Having very little food.

“It is an experience. I am taking it as an experience and as something to discover, something I will probably never do again in my life so it would be probably for sure be a once and for all an experience of a lifetime.”

Ginola has spent the last two weeks in quarantine in readiness for the start of the show at Gwrych Castle, near Abergele in Conwy, North Wales.

He says it has been “difficult to cope” without his girlfriend, model Maeva Denat, 30, and their three-year-old daughter.

He has a son Andrea, 29, and daughter Carla, 27, who is also a model, from his 25-year marriage to Coraline.

He said: “I am missing my little one. She does not really understand why Daddy is not home.

“It is difficult for her to understand that I am gonna spend three weeks in the castle with people I don’t know and with snakes and bugs.

“I just can’t wait to go in the castle and get things done.”

Ginola, who appeared on the French version of Strictly — Danse avec les Stars — says he knows nothing about his fellow contestants in Wales.

He said: “I am not really worried about that because I have been working in the football industry for 20 years, and you enter the dressing room on first of July for pre-season training.

“And you have some recruits and some of the players you don’t really know, so you get to know each other and if you want to succeed you need to like each other.”

Ginola, who is taking slippers into the camp as his luxury item, aims to be a voice of reason among the contestants when the show begins.

He said: “If we don’t like certain things then let’s try to forget about it and let’s try to make sure the spirit will be as high as possible.

“I think it is about communication and obviously because we are so different, all of us on this planet, you don’t expect to find some people will be exactly as you are.

“Success for me in the castle is all together — not just one or the other but together as a team.”

Ginola, who knows Geordie duo show hosts Ant and Dec from his time at Newcastle FC, added: “It is going to be very important to concentrate on the spirit in the camp.

“It is like having a good spirit in the dressing room.

“Even if we have different characters and different moods and attitudes towards situations we all have to work together for the same goal.”


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