LONDON – One of Africa’s greatest ever footballers Samuel Eto’o has revealed his relationship with Jose Mourinho was so bad he vowed never to play under the Portuguese manager – but Chelsea captain John Terry has expressed delight the striker has changed his mind.
Eto’o is expected to make his Chelsea debut tomorrow against Everton, after moving to Stamford Bridge on a one-year deal from Anzhi Makhachkala.
But the Cameroon hitman has admitted he used to loathe Mourinho, the man who helped him win the treble in Italy and now brought him to west London.
“Before I played with him at Inter, our relationship was tense,” said Eto’o.
“I even said that I’d never play in a club where Jose is the coach.
“But I was wrong – and now he is my friend.”
Eto’o tasted success under Mourinho whilst at Inter Milan, with the pair lifting the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia together in 2010.
And now the 32-year-old has the opportunity to win more silverware with his mentor, playing in the Premier League for the first time in his illustrious career.
Chelsea captain John Terry is certainly one man who is glad Eto’o and Mourinho patched up their differences – saying was pleased to be finally playing alongside the former Barcelona marksman than against him.
“I said to him ‘thank God you’re here’ because I’ve had so many battles against him,” said Terry.
“He’s such a threat, he’s obviously a few years older but he still looks very sharp and hungry.
“He’s got an eye for goal and I think he’ll be a good addition, he was welcomed straight into the squad.”
However, Terry suspects that Eto’o and Willian, who also left Anzhi for the Blues at the end of the transfer window, may need more time to adjust from the Russian league.
“Eto’o has looked really sharp in training so far, and so has Willian,” Terry added.
“You speak to them and they talk about how the intensity of their training (in Russia) is a lot different to how it is here. So for sure it will take them a few weeks to get their full fitness, but once they do they’ll both look very good.” (Sky)