Samuel Eto’o has admitted that while Caludio Ranieri was coach at Chelsea, the star considered making the move to Stamford Bridge to work under him.
Ranieri has just been appointed Inter Milan coach after Gianpiero Gasperini was sacked this month.
And while Eto’o has made the move from Inter to big spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for £20 million, the striker says he’d love to work with Ranieri again in the future.
"He wanted me at Chelsea and at Juve," Eto'o revealed. "It's a pity that I have not been able to work with him yet.
"Ranieri is a great coach and I'm happy that Inter chose him. I'm certain he will do well at Inter."
Chelsea have long been connected to a possible deal with Eto’o, but in the summer the Cameroon international made the move to Anzhi for a world record wage of £18 million a year.
But had Eto’o moved to Chelsea seven years ago, his footballing career could have been completely different, with the 30-year-old boasting two Champions League medals from his time at Barcelona, while Chelsea are still waiting to win on the European stage.