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Ex-Chelsea striker makes shock exit to city rivals

Eidur Gudjohnsen has left Cercle Brugge for their city-rivals Club Brugge just a few months after he originally moved to Belgium; causing a stir ahead of this weekends fixtures

Didier Drogba seems set to stay in China for the time being as a potential deal to join Juventus fell by the wayside in the week. The hierarchy in Turin do not seem ready to bring a big name striker this January which leaves a move to Juventus highly unlikely. With just AC Milan left in an apparent pursuit of the legendary striker it seems he will be sticking with Shanghai after the African Cup of Nations.

So this article is not referring to the Ivorian; so which former Chelsea star am I referring too?

Well as a matter of fact it is Eidur Gudjohnsen. 

As I have shared before on the site the ‘Iceman’ was one of my favourite players growing up and I even took to the lengths of trying to play football like him; impossible as that is.

So when I saw he had made a move I was taken slightly aback. The 34-year-old had only recently made a move to Belgian side Cercle Brugge the last time I saw so was very surprised to hear he had already decided to move on.

He spoke so warmly of his move to Cercle when he made the switch ahead of a potential move to Seattle Sounders; sounding out his decision as a ‘lifestyle choice’ and a desire to help inspire the youngsters; it was a move that led to me dubbing him footballs ‘anti-mercenary’.

So who could have persuaded him to switch from Cercle if the idea to move to the team in Bruges was a ‘lifestyle choice’? Well Club Brugge of course.

Yes the city rivals of Cercle and the more illustrious of the cities clubs have pried him away much to the jubilation of Blauw-Zwart fans.

On the Green side of town however there is understandable mystification at their star players decision to sign for their city rivals; indeed the last real city rivalry left in top-flight Belgian football.

If matters could not get any more interesting you will never guess who Club Brugge face next weekend for what will likely be Eidur’s first game for the club; Cercle in the Bruges derby.

This season Gudjohnsen has played in 13 games for the club scoring six goals including a goal in each of his first four appearances for the club; proving he still has the innate quality that made him such a hit at Stamford Bridge.

Therefore it is understandable he would want to leave a club who have been routed to the bottom of the table for most of the season for a team battling for Europe in fourth spot.

It is certainly worth keeping an eye out for the Brugge derby result this upcoming weekend.

image: © mikehamm

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