Robbie Williams wants to cement his ''legacy'' with his European tour.

The 'Candy' hitmaker has announced a string of concerts for 2013 - beginning in Manchester on June 19 - and plans to use his first major headlining shows since 2006 to cement his place in pop history.

He said: ''I'm buzzing, I'm ready to go. I haven't done a tour like this since 2006 and I'm at a place in my career where it's time to put my foot down and say, 'This is what I do.'

''It's legacy time, I'm nearly 40 and I don't know how often I'll get the opportunity to do this. I want to say 'Remember me'''

The 38-year-old star has pledged the shows will be even bigger than the record-breaking gigs he staged in Knebworth Park six years ago.

He said: ''Knebworth is supposed to have been the apex of my career but I'm challenging myself to do better than that.''

Support on the tour comes from Olly Murs and Robbie couldn't be happier to have him on board.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the tour - which is presented in association with Samsung - he said: ''He's smashing it with hit after hit and he's a fantastic entertainer. I see a lot of myself in him.

''I'm very proud he said yes and very pleased I've got a kindred spirit coming on the road.''

And Olly has vowed not to let his friend down.

He said: ''This is an important tour for me, I want to put on a great show for Robbie's fans.''

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday (30.11.12).

Robbie Williams' 2013 European tour dates:

19 Jun 2013 - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK

21 Jun 2013 - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK

25 Jun 2013 - Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK

29 Jun 2013 - Wembley Stadium, London, UK

30 Jun 2013 - Wembley Stadium, London, UK

10 Jul 2013 - Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

13 Jul 2013 - Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands

17 Jul 2013 - Krieau, Vienna, Austria

10 Jul 2013 - Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden

22 Jul 2013 - Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark

17 Jul 2013 - AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany

31 Jul 2013 - Stadio San Siro, Milan, Italy

03 Aug 2013 - Koning Boudewijnstadion, Brussels, Belgium

07 Aug 2013 - Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany

11 Aug 2013 - Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany

16 Aug 2013 - Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, Czech Republic

20 Aug 2013 - Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia