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ISL 2016: Former Chelsea, Barcelona star Eider Gudjohnsen signed as marquee player for FC Pune City

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:47 IST

FC Pune City have signed former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen as their marquee for the upcoming third edition of India's most popular football tournament ISL.

Goal.com quoted Gudjohnsen as saying, "There were other clubs interested in me but when FC Pune City show their interest, intent and plans, I knew this was it. I have the confidence of the coach and will ensure that they find it difficult to leave me out. Everyone needs to be motivated to succeed, and I have the same aim here. I love the sport. I still love going to training every day."

Iceland's most capped international footballer with 88 caps, Gudjohnsen joins the Hrithik Roshan co-owned team having won every major domestic and continental honour from his time in Netherlands, England, and Spain.

Gudjohnsen, who recently turned out for Iceland in their fantastic Euro 2016 campaign, last parted ways with the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed Norwegian Tippeligaen side Molde FK.

The 37-year-old has had a successful career having won two Premier Leagues alongside a La Liga title, and has a Champions League medal to boast of as well. His playing career has seen him play for as many as 15 clubs.

FC Pune City's head coach Antonio Habas said, "Eidur's has experience of playing at highest levels and a professional motivation to succeed. I've admired him from afar for many years and am very excited at the prospect of us working together for the benefit of FC Pune City," Goal.com quoted him as saying.

Goal.com quoted CEO of FC Pune City, Gaurav Modwel, as saying, "To me, Eidur is a true marquee who will be an inspiration to the rest of the squad. He has made valuable contributions to every team he has been a part of - Chelsea, Barcelona or Iceland National team."

First published: 24 August 2016, 8:31 IST