Mourinho confirms striker will leave Chelsea this summer

Samuel Eto'o Cameroon

Jose Mourinho has seemingly made it clear that Samuel Eto'o will shoot off this summer.

Chelsea's failure to pick up silverware this season can almost exclusively be put down to their inability to convert chances - or more accurately their inability to bring in a new striker in the summer.

Chelsea were in the chase for the seemingly available Wayne Rooney for much of the summer, with Jose Mourinho clearly making him their number one target. But David Moyes' arrival at Old Trafford seemed to cheer up the former Everton striker, who stopped sulking and went on to sign a new deal at the club.

Chelsea faced going into the season with just two mainline strikers in Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, with Romelu Lukaku not yet considered ready by Mourinho. So they snapped up a player Mourinho had worked with before at Inter Milan, Samuel Eto'o.

He was part of the Anzhi Makhachkala firesale in the summer, as they reduced their wage bill dramatically. Chelsea snapped him up on a one-year contract and of all the strikers at the club he has been the most important.

He has scored some crucial goals and is also their top goalscorer this term - which saw him linked with a contract extension.

But while announcing his desire to keep Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge Jose Mourinho let it slip that what we will all thought would happen will happen this summer. Eto'o will be leaving when his contract expires:

It is no surprise to see Eto'o go. He and Mourinho have had their moments this season - not least when Jose suggested that his striker might be older than we all think. He is also said to have recently laid into Eto'o in a dressing room incident, so Eto'o's departure will certainly come as no shock.

Chelsea are said to be targeting Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku is returning from his successful loan spell at Everton, meaning Chelsea have an abundance of talent up front on their hands next season.

Eto'o has served the club well, but it is time for Jose to build a team for the future - that would seemingly not include the Cameroonian striker.

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