Thursday 29 August 2013
Chelsea have completed the signing of Samuel Eto’o on a one-year deal from Anzhi Makhachkala. The 32-year-old Cameroon forward is reunited with manager Jose Mourinho, whom he played under at Inter Milan.
"I am very happy to be here but also anxious because I want to get playing as soon as possible," Eto'o told the club's website. "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."
"It wasn't a hard decision"
Eto’o began his career in Real Madrid's youth academy but his career took off when he joined Mallorca in 2000. He won the Copa del Rey in 2003 and helped the club qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
He secured a move to Barcelona in 2004 and went on to three league titles and two UEFA Champions League trophies, scoring 152 goals in 232 appearances.
Mourinho signed Eto'o for Inter in 2009 and the striker helped the Nerazzurri win the Serie A title in 2009 and the UEFA Champions League in 2010, scoring 53 goals in 102 appearances, before joining Anzhi in 2011.
Eto'o has also made 112 appearances for Cameroon, winning two Africa Cup of Nations and claiming the African Player of the Year Award on four occasions.
He is the second player to join Chelsea from Anzhi this week, after the arrival of attacking midfielder Willian on Wednesday.