Chelsea icon Eidur Gudjohnsen's son joins Malmo after Barcelona and Real stints

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The son of Chelsea icon Eidur Gudjohnsen has joined Swedish champions Malmo following spells in the Real Madrid and Barcelona academies.

The former Iceland international has three sons, all of whom are footballers, though his youngest, Daniel, is thought to be the most gifted. He initially followed in his father's footsteps by joining Barcelona before switching to Madrid in 2018.

There were high hopes for him in the Spanish capital, with Real Madrid reserves manager Raul reportedly tracking his progress closely, though the 16-year-old striker opted for another switch earlier this month and will feature in Malmo's U19 squad next season.

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"It feels good to come to the biggest club in Sweden," Daniel told the club's website. "I know that Malmo have been successful in Europe in recent years and that the supporters are fantastic. There was no hesitation to move from Spain when I heard about the interest."

Back in 2017, Daniel was the star of one of Spanish football's biggest youth competitions, the Cordial Cup. His Barcelona side won it and he was voted player of the tournament.

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Gudjohnsen Sr first burst onto the scene in Holland with PSV before sealing a move to Bolton in 1998. His form there attracted the attention of Chelsea, who snapped him up for £4.5million in 2000.

He formed a formidable partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at Stamford Bridge, and was one of only a handful of Chelsea stars to keep their place in the side once Roman Abramovich's spending spree began in 2003.

After winning back-to-back Premier League titles, Gudjohnsen moved to Barcelona and formed part of Pep Guardiola's famous Treble -winning side in 2009. Later, he had stints at Monaco, Tottenham, Stoke and Fulham before hanging up his boots in 2017.

Football, it seems, runs in the Gudjohnsen family like Messi through defenders. Eidur's father, Arnor, was also a professional, and was famously substituted for his son when Eidur made his Iceland debut back in 1996. Hopefully, Daniel can emulate them on the international stage at some point.


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