Tuesday 26 August 2014
Everton have signed Samuel Eto'o, the former Chelsea striker, on a two-year deal.
Eto'o, 33, was a free agent after his one-year contract at Chelsea had expired. At Stamford Bridge last season, the first in the Barclays Premier League for the three-times UEFA Champions League winner, the Cameroonian scored nine goals in 16 starts and 21 matches overall, including a hat-trick against Manchester United. All his BPL goals, incidentally, were scored at Stamford Bridge.
"I still think I can learn a great deal from the manager"
Roberto Martinez, the Everton manager, was delighted to bring to Goodison Park a player who, despite a trophy-laden career, still had the desire for success.
"I met him and we had a very good chat about football in general and I was impressed about the hunger he still has," Martinez told evertonTV. "For someone who has achieved nearly everything, he still has the desire he had at 15 when he went to Spain and showed what he could do. For many reasons he has got a point to prove.
"We are very excited and Everton is the perfect home for him. The fans will make him ready and feel sharp but we have got to be a bit patient with the fitness levels and make sure he is back to his best."
Everton face Eto’o’s former side, Chelsea, in their next Barclays Premier League match on Saturday, but Martinez hinted that the striker may not be match-fit to play a part in the home fixture. Eto’o himself said that the manager and his philosophy for the game made the move to Merseyside attractive.
"I have been very impressed by the style of play Everton adopt," he said. "I could see straight away that at this club I will have the opportunity to play football. I had the chance to speak with the manager over the last few days and we agreed that this was what we would do.
"I was impressed with his enthusiasm but also by the knowledge of football that Roberto Martinez carries, his vision of football and how he reads football. I still think I can learn a great deal from him here."
Eto’o is Martinez’s sixth signing of the summer after Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Brendan Galloway (MK Dons), Christian Atsu (Chelsea, loan).