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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug, 11, 2007

Barca usher Gudjohnsen towards exit door

MADRID, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Iceland striker Eidur Gudjohnsen will find his opportunities in Barcelona's first team limited if he stays for next season, sports director Txiki Begiristain has said. The Catalan club purchased France striker Thierry Henry from Arsenal for 24 million euros ($33 million) at the end of June, and have seen youth team products Giovani dos Santos, 18, and Bojan Krkic, 16, put on impressive displays in pre-season matches. They join an already formidable frontline that includes Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho and Argentina forward Lionel Messi. 'His transfer is an option. If he stays he could find it difficult to play many minutes because there are three new forwards in the first team,' Begiristain was quoted as saying in the Spanish media on Saturday. 'To stay wouldn't be the best decision.' Gudjohnsen has been linked with a move back to England after only managing five league goals since moving from Chelsea on a four-year, 12 million euro ($16 million) deal last June. The 28-year-old, who has missed the pre-season tours to Scotland and Asia with a lingering knee problem, said back in June he wanted to stay and fight for his place. Begiristain also said Argentine striker Maxi Lopez, Brazilian midfielder Thiago Motta and forward Santi Ezquerro were all surplus to requirements, though the club would not be freeing them from their contracts.

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