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Real Madrid believed they have unearthed the next Erling Haaland, who happens to be the son of a former Barcelona and Chelsea star Eidur Gudjohnsen. The Spanish giants remain determined to secure the signing of the Borussia Dortmund forward next summer, but another Scandinavian star has emerged and, unlike Haaland, they already own Icelandic youngster Andri Gudjohnsen.
The 19-year-old is knocking on Carlo Ancelotti’s door for a first-team call-up following an impressive breakthrough with the club’s reserve side, known as Real Madrid Castilla, who are managed by club legend Raul.
The Real Madrid teenager has already caught Ancelotti’s eye after being registered to play in the Champions League this season.
And Ancelotti may give Gudjohnsen a chance to make his debut in Europe’s premier club competition at some point, particularly after their embarrassing defeat against minnows FC Sheriff last time out.
Gudjohnsen already has two goals in just four caps for his country, the latest of which came on Monday in the 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in Reykjavik.
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The youngster came off the bench and scored within nine minutes of coming on after combining with younger brother Sveinn in the build-up to the goal.
Sveinn, like Andri began his youth career at Barcelona but is now playing his club football in Sweden with Elfsborg after spells in native Iceland, Italy and Denmark.
The brothers are the third generation of Gudjohnsen’s to represent Iceland after dad Eidur and grandfather Arnur, who spent several years in Belgium with Anderlecht.
But it’s the younger Gudjohnsen who shares several similar characteristics to Dortmund talisman Haaland, and is emerging into a real talent.
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Against North Macedonia in September, Iceland were trailing 2-1 with less than ten minutes to go when Gudjohnsen was brought off the bench in an attempt to try and rescue the game.
Within just two minutes of coming on, Gudjohnsen pounced and netted the equaliser for his country.
Similarly against Atletico Baleares at the weekend, Raul turned to the Icelandic youngster, with his side desperately needing some inspiration.
Gudjohnsen wasted no time getting a goal as well as forcing a penalty, earning RM Castilla a 2-2 draw.
The 19-year-old suffered a set back last season when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament – which side-lined him for several months – but he hasn’t let that stop his development.
Gudjohnsen was eligible to represent England after being born in London during Eidur’s time at Chelsea, as well as Spain, the country where he was raised.
However, Andri decided to continue the family legacy and represent the tiny Scandinavian nation.
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