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Samuel Eto’o Signs £7million 1-Year Deal To Join Chelsea

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August 29, 2013 – Samuel Eto’o Joins Chelsea, Signs £7million One Year Deal

Chelsea are to sign Samuel Eto’o on a stunning £7million one-year deal on Thursday after admitting defeat in their pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

According to Daily Mail, Eto’o, the 32-year-old Cameroon forward, is taking a huge pay cut from the £17m a year that made him the world’s best paid footballer at Anzhi Makhachkala and will sign on a free transfer.

However, Anzhi are understood to have sweetened the deal by giving Eto’o a multi-million-pound lump sum to get him off their wage bill.

Eto’o arrived at London’s St Pancras station on Wednesday night, where he was pictured with super-agent Pini Zahavi, and is due to have a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground before finalising terms after his advisers held talks on Wednesday.

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, a confirmed Eto’o admirer, turned to his Plan B after United steadfastly refused to sell Rooney.

There is a kinship between the Chelsea coach and his new signing.

Eto’o has never been short of an opinion. At Barcelona he took a microphone on live television and called his former club Real Madrid to celebrate Barcelona’s 2005 Spanish title; he dared to publicly attack Ronaldinho’s work-rate and justifiably threatened to leave the field when racially abused from the stands in Zaragoza.

It is no surprise that his first exchange with Mourinho was a heated one.

In the tunnel at Stamford Bridge in 2005 when Chelsea beat Barcelona in the Champions League, a melee followed between players, and Eto’o was vocal in his opinion of Chelsea’s tactics. Mourinho liked the striker’s feistiness. “I liked the fact he was worked up after a defeat,” recalled Mourinho.

That fire was put to good use when the two joined forces at Inter Milan where Eto’o was the spearhead for Mourinho’s Treble-winning side. During that time, the four-time African Player of the Year scored a winner at Stamford Bridge to end Chelsea’s Champions League hopes.

Silky of touch, dedicated and clinical, Eto’o is also one to nurture the young players around him, a factor that will not be lost on his coach.

Questions will be asked whether he has the pace which made him such a feared opponent in Italy and Spain and there was evidence in Russia and the Europa League last year that his power is dwindling with age.

However, his speed of thought and relationship with Chelsea’s other Anzhi recruit, the Brazilian Willian, still spawned a goal ratio of one every two games. It is a gamble Mourinho is prepared to take and one appreciated by Eto’o.

[Daily Mail]

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  1. Iweala

    August 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Is he under a spell or what

  2. S.Shittu

    August 29, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    He’s one of Africa’s best footballers of all time. ¶ admire his skill and ¶ think this is also a decision worth respect. Let’s see what he comes up with when he plays with other African players there.

  3. don

    August 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    i like chelsea but am real madrid fan i want munich to beat chelsea 4:1 tomoroow and i want chesea to win this england premier league

  4. vandakeem

    August 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Samuel is a very powerful cum energetic striker who can easily dazzle in from any angles. And i believe that both teams i.e Eto’o and Mourinho are good friends. So, his involvement in the team will not cause any malady among the team and also, the lads at the club will learn from him too.
    I remain Vandakeem.
    Adeyemi College of Education,
    Manchester United fc till infinity!

  5. Wani25

    August 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Welcome to Stanford bridge my brother.


    August 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Infact I belief Samuel Eto’o(all time Africa footballer of d year) will do more than d expectation of d fans and d enemies of Chelsea f.c.Because, he usually perform well whenever he’s on d field and I pray dt God will help him(AMEN)…Mind you,my username is POPSON OLAD..So i remain Chelsea fans,thanks.

  7. Tope

    August 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I love eto’o since wen he has being playin 4 barcelona. Strong competition in EPL, dis season. Up man u. King of England

  8. Gaddaff Z. A Jimeta

    September 1, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Dats my 2nd world best finisher after Ronaldo (d real one who). I hope he per4ms. I remain Barca fan

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