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37-year-old Eidur Gudjohnsen to extend playing career after signing for Indian club

Gudjohnsen has joined FC Pune City.

The striker will be playing in India this year.
The striker will be playing in India this year.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

FORMER CHELSEA AND Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen signed up for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) as the marquee player for FC Pune City.

The much-travelled Icelander, a two-time winner of the Premier League with Chelsea and a Champions League winner with Barcelona, said he still has an appetite for the game at age 37.

“There were other clubs interested in me but when FC Pune City showed their interest, intent and plans, I knew this was it,” said Gudjohnsen who played in this summer’s Euro 2016 championship in France.

“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.”

Gudjohnsen has also played club football in France, Holland, Greece and China as well as making more than 80 appearances for his country.

Pune’s head coach Antonio Habas said he was excited to have Gudjohnsen as part of a team which has failed to make the semi-finals in the previous two editions of the tournament.

Iceland v Hungary - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group F - Stade Velodrome Gudjohnsen featured for Iceland during their Euro 2016 campaign. Source: Thanassis Stavrakis

“Eidur has experience of playing at highest levels and a professional motivation to succeed,” said Habas.

“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.”

The ISL is a eight-team tournament that was launched three years ago, seeking to emulate the success of cricket’s Indian Premier League.

The first two editions featured a number of ageing foreign stars such as Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero and controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka.

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