Eidur eyes Barca glory
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Eidur Gudjohnsen says he is aiming to help Barcelona attain further success.
Barcelona new-boy Eidur Gudjohnsen says he is aiming to help the Catalan giants attain further success this season.
The Icelandic international has been Frank Rijkaard's sole high profile capture of the summer, but the existing Barca squad helped the club to one of their best ever seasons last year - capturing both the Liga title and the UEFA Champions League.
As a result their Dutch boss has looked to embellish his options rather than make wholesale changes, and Gudjohnsen was plucked from Chelsea to act as a replacement for Henrik Larsson.
Now the former Blues and Bolton man says he is determined to help contribute to what could be another successful season for the historic club.
"This adventure is a personal challenge but I am prepared to do my best on the pitch," said Gudjohnsen.
"I arrive to help this club to more success.
"I have no doubt this year will be great for Barca, I am convinced."
Gudjohnsen begun pre-season training at his new club on Monday, along with ten other first team members, and had his first chance to work with his new manager at Camp Nou.
The striker-cum-midfielder says he has always idolised Rijkaard, and that he has been greatly impressed by the former defender so far.
"For me to sign for Barca and be coached by Rijkaard is a dream made real," Gudjohnsen added.
"As a child I was a fan of the Dutch and now he is my boss.
"I spoke with him during my presentation to the press and he impressed me with his class.
"I am very happy with this opportunity."
Although he was unwilling to set himself a goals target for the coming year, Gudjohnsen pledged to build on his assist rate at Chelsea where he was one of the best providers for the Premiership champions.
"I am anxious to play a match and to begin the challenge.
"I do not want to promise a concrete number of goals, but also I do many assists."