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Ex-Stoke boss Thordarson hails Gudjohnsen capture

Former Stoke City boss Gudjon Thordarson is delighted to see Eidur Gudjohnsen now with his old club.

Thordarson admits he tried to sign the former Chelsea and Barcelona striker when in charge of the Potteries.

Thordarson, who managed Gudjohnsen when Iceland's head coach at the turn of the century, recalled to The Sentinel: "I brought him in when he was only young after he'd had a difficult spell with ankle injuries.

"Eidur did well for me then and he obviously went on to have a great career when you see he has played for clubs like Chelsea and Barcelona.

"Unfortunately, he was out of my reach when I was Stoke manager. They were difficult times then.

"I think Eidur wants to prove a point and that is key," he said. "He wants to show everybody what he's capable of doing and still capable of doing.

"I think his international career will definitely kick on. He wasn't selected for these latest internationals because he didn't have a team.

"Mind you, I would still have picked him because even when he's not fully fit, he's still better than many players."

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