Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o has admitted that the physical nature of the Premier League has surprised him since moving to Chelsea this summer.
The 32-year-old, who signed for the Blues after leaving Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala in the final week of the summer transfer window, has failed to score in his first five appearances for the club - and says this is because he is still adjusting to England's top-flight league.
“Already I have noticed that English football is very physical – more physical than other types of football," Eto'o, who is able to list Barcelona and Inter Milan amongst his former clubs, told Chelsea Magazine.
“It hasn’t been too much time yet, so I need to continue working to make sure I keep improving my level. Every game here is important and I realise that – I have come here to enjoy playing for Chelsea and to enjoy the football. I go into every game with the same approach.
“It doesn’t matter where you put me, I will play football. My team-mates are helping me a lot and also the coaches, so I feel that I am settling into the team.”
Chelsea only offered Eto'o a one-year contract because of his age, and the two-time Champions League winner may need to find a new club at the end of the season unless he adapts to the Premier League - particularly with the impressive Romelu Lukaku set to return from a loan spell at Everton.
The 20-year-old Belgium has scored four goals in his first three appearances with the Toffees, leaving many Chelsea supporters left wondering why Jose Mourinho allowed him to depart for the season.