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Iceland winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson signs two-year deal

Posted: Fri 11 Jul 2014
Author: Iain Liddle
Johann Berg Gudmundsson

Johann Berg Gudmundsson

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Charlton have signed Johann Berg Gudmundsson on a two-year deal, the club announced on Friday afternoon

Olly Groome reports

Charlton have signed Johann Berg Gudmundsson on a two-year contract, the club announced on Friday afternoon. 

The highly-rated winger arrives at The Valley as a free agent after parting ways with Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar following the expiration of his contract.

The 23-year-old made 145 appearances over four seasons for the Dutch club, scoring 13 times as he gained a reputation for scoring spectacular goals. 

Gudmundsson has won 32 caps for Iceland's national team and made headlines last September when he scored a sensational hat-trick against Switzerland during a World Cup qualifier – with his 90th-minute curler sealing a point in a 4-4 draw. 

Speaking to after completing the formalities of his move at Sparrows Lane, Gudmundsson said he was eager to focus on playing football for his new club.

“I’m excited to be here," he said.

"It’s a new challenge for me and I can’t wait to start training with the lads.

“I heard of the interest a few weeks ago and obviously I’m on a free transfer so there were a lot of things happening, but in the end I decided to go with Charlton.

“It’s a great club with a good history and I think we are building something good here.”

In addition to his experience in the Dutch top division, the left-footer has vast experience in European football having made 30 appearances in the Europa League. 

Gudmundsson was a pivotal member of the AZ Alkmaar side which reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season, finding the net on three occasions including goals both home and away against Israeli outfit Maccabi Haifa, before losing out in the final eight to eventual runners-up Benfica. 

The tricky wide man previously spent time with both Fulham and Chelsea as a teenager when his parents relocated to England, before he returned to Iceland to embark on his senior career with Breiðablik at the age of 18.  

Gudmundsson becomes Charlton Head Coach Bob Peeters’ sixth summer signing and the second to put pen to paper on Friday in SE7 following the arrival of experienced central defender Tal Ben Haim.

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