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Eto’o hoping for a successful reunion
10:17am Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
SAMUEL ETO’O hopes to replicate his prior successes after signing for Chelsea in a transfer which appears to mark the end of Jose Mourinho’s pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
The Cameroon striker has left Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala to sign a oneyear deal and be reunited with Mourinho, who was his boss at Inter Milan.
Eto’o is apparently ‘plan b’ after United rejected two Chelsea bids for Rooney, with Mourinho opting against lodging a third, having said he had back-up options.
The former Barcelona striker did not travel to Prague for today’s European Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich – neither did Willian, whose move from Anzhi was confirmed on Wednesday – but is eager to get into the action.
‘‘I am very happy to be here but also anxious because I want to get playing as soon as possible,’’ Eto’o said.
‘‘It wasn’t a hard decision. I saw the qualities Chelsea have, and I was very happy with Jose Mourinho before, so when the opportunity came, I was very happy to take it.
‘‘I have had a career where I have been lucky enough to win a lot of trophies in different countries, but one of my last dreams as a professional is to come and play in England and see if I can have the same success as in my previous clubs.
‘‘I don’t see it as a final challenge, but to have a good time, enjoy my football, and have success with this team.’’ Eto’o, who will have to wait until after the international break to make his debut, with Everton away on September 14 the first opportunity, revealed he might have been a Chelsea player sooner.
But he opted to stay at Barcelona before moving to Inter as part of the deal which saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic move in the opposite direction.
‘‘I’ve had a couple of opportunities to come to England before, including the first time Jose was here, but it didn’t work out for one reason or another,’’ Eto’o added.
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