An off-the-cuff comment from Jose Mourinho made quite a stir. The manager joked to television station Canal+ that strike Samuel Eto'o was 35 rather than 32, amid general criticism of his strikers.
Mourinho was angry that the comments were broadcast, venting his frustration in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League tie with Galatasaray.
Eto'o's national team manager claimed the striker was angry with the comments, but the striker has moved to dismiss those claims, in jovial mood.
L'Equipe report him as saying: "To disturb me, it takes a lot more, I'm Samuel Eto'o ... And luckily I still score goals at 35, 36 years old, right?
"To score three goals against Manchester United, I think for a long time no Chelsea player had done. A 36 or 37 years, I did. I remain Samuel Eto'o, I will stay at my place and I will not answer.
"I returned to the club largely thanks to José, because we were friends. Now, there are things that happen in life, we must face, but it does not change the player I am, career I have.
"And then what do you want me to say? I create a problem in the locker room saying all my thoughts? I want us to go as far as possible in this competition, and calm. I'm not getting any younger. Certain statements, I do not necessarily have the right to make..."
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