Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho joked earlier this week that striker Samuel Eto’o may be of a more advanced age than he purports to be, and now an ex-lover of the Cameroonian has further fuelled the fire.

The records of Eto’o show the player to be aged 32, but Mourinho has quipped that the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star is likely to be somewhat older than he claims - something of a stereotype of professional players from African countries.

“The problem with Chelsea is I lack a scorer,” Mourinho said. “I have Eto’o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?”

Eto’o is reported to have been angered by the comments of his Chelsea coach, even though Mourinho moved to clarify the situation before the quotes were released to the media.

However, they may be some truth in Mourinho’s assertion after Anna Barranca, with whom Eto’o fathered a child during his time in Milan, suggesting that the Stamford Bridge forward is actually approaching the age of 40.

“I think Samuel is not 35 he is more 39. Samuel was born in 1974 and so that makes him 39 now,” she told The Sun.

“It is very evident Samuel was older than the age he said he was when he first came to Europe.”

These remarks from Barranca, however, are likely to be borne out of frustration with the Italian hairdresser claiming Eto’o owes her £100,000 in maintenance bills for their daughter Annie.

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