Samuel Eto'o: Chelsea can make my career complete

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o took time out of his schedule to give an interview in France.

Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto’o surprised many when he joined Chelsea in the summer for an undisclosed fee.

The 32-year-old former Barcelona goalscorer reunited with Jose Mourinho on a one-year deal after spending two years in Russia with former wealthy side Anzhi Makhachkala.

Many questions were raised as the reasons why Anzhi would fund an internationally assembled side to the tune of hundreds of millions of euros only to pull the plug 18 months later.

Speaking with French paper LeMonde Samuel Eto’o shared information regarding his former club and possible reasons for joining Jose Mourinho’s Premier League title challengers:

“There was an unfortunate illness with M. Suleyman Kerimov – the 47-year-old Russian billionaire who had been the owner of Anzhi since 2011. Due to his health problems he was forced to sell his top stars.

“Maybe I would not have joined Chelsea, however at the time of Kerimov’s problems we had to look at the possibilities that could be on the market.

“The Chelsea opportunity ended up presenting itself. Every great player who had a career like I had would have gone to a club like Chelsea.”

“José weighed on my decision to come to Chelsea around 80% because I had worked with him at Inter Milan. This went extremely well. We had a fantastic team. That season [2009-2010] we practically won everything [Championship, Italian Cup and Champions League].”

Samuel Eto’o has proven to be a great buy for Chelsea in recent weeks. The striker has started 9 Premier League games, scoring six goals – more than both Demba Ba and Fernando Torres together.

The Cameroonian went onto to say that he has been fortunate to win trophies in Spain and Italy, and believed his career would be complete should Chelsea lift the Premier League crown in May:

“I had the chance to play in Spain, we won. I had the chance to play in Italy, we won. And I hope that, thanks to God, I will also win a title in England. And I think my career will be complete.”

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