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Gudjohnsen is Super League’s new star

Former Chelsea and Barcelona star Eidur Gudjohnsen signed a two-year contract with AEK on July 19 in what is by far the most impressive transfer this summer for Greek soccer.

The Icelandic striker was presented by the Greek Cup winner on Tuesday and pledged to do his best for the club, following a noisy welcome by AEK fans at Athens International Airport a day earlier.

Over 1,000 supporters clad in yellow and black waited for the Iceland international on Monday evening and reacted with delight as they saw him emerge in a car on his way out of the terminal.

Gudjohnsen stated that he had been informed he was in for a special reception, but stressed he hadn?t expected anything like the AEK fans? frenzy at his arrival.

On Tuesday he passed a medical test and signed the deal that will fetch him a reported 650,000 euros per year plus bonuses.

The 32-year-old was then presented by AEK president Stavros Adamidis, who stated that «it is a great honor for me to present such a player, one of the biggest signings in history. He gives us both quality and prestige.» He added that AEK had tried to sign the player last year, too.

Gudjohnsen said that he was excited by the training center, the determination expressed by Adamidis and technical director Arnar Gretarsson to bring him to AEK, as well as the fans’ grand reception.

“This is a new challenge for me. The unknown I have in front of me is a challenge and I want to meet the targets the team has set,» he said.

Questioned about his physical condition and rumors that he is out of shape, he responded defiantly: «They will get the answer on the pitch. There is no point in me answering here. I will reply with my performances.”

He is now set to join the rest of the squad in Slovenia, most likely on July 20.