Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o would appear to be looking for a reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.
Anzhi Makhachkala have placed almost all of their first team stars on the transfer list after a dismal start to the new Russian season under new boss René Meulensteen who was sacked after just 16 days in charge at the Anzhi Arena.
Anzhi teammate and former Chelsea player YuriZhirkov has signed for Dynamo Moscow along with fellow Anzhi stars Igor Denisov and Aleksandr Kokorin, leading the exodus out of Kaspiysk.
Eto’o told reporters in the last few days of his admiration for Mourinho who was in charge of the reigns at the San Siro during Eto’o's spell at Inter Milan where he won the Champions League and the Serie A title under the Portuguese Blues boss.
"There is only one Jose Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches, but there is no character in the game like him," Eto'o said.
"He is one of the best coaches in the world, and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan.
"I would like to have the chance to play under him again because it is never boring when Jose is around," he added.
When asked for his thoughts on Chelsea, he responded:
"Chelsea are a great team, and when we have all the offers on the table I will discuss with my agent and see what the next step is.”
Clearly Samuel Eto’o is hoping for a move to Chelsea but would Chelsea be as hopeful about signing Samuel Eto’o? There is no doubting his quality – in his last season at Inter back in 2010/11 the Cameroon international scores 37 goals and made 15 assists across all competitions.
It had also been Mourinho who had brought him in at the San Siro – remember the bizarre deal with Barcelona where he was moved on from the Camp Nou in a part-exchange deal that saw the Catalans pay €46 million plus Samuel Eto’o for Zlatan Ibrahimovich in 2009.
In his final season in Catalonia, Eto’o managed a tally of 36 goals in all competitions – he has won the La Liga title three times, Serie A once and the Champions League an incredible three times. He is undoubtedly one of the finest strikers in the world, at least in his prime.
Eto’o is now 32 and whilst he’s been playing relatively well in his two seasons in Russia, the intensity of his game has definitely diminished. The question would be for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea: does he still have enough goals in him to justify his wages?
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