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Samuel Eto'o thanks Jose Mourinho after sealing Everton move

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Samuel Eto'o has seemingly looked to put an end to the spat involving him and Jose Mourinho by thanking the Chelsea manager following his move to Everton.

Cameroon international Eto'o joined Chelsea from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala last summer, but did not remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of his initial one-year deal.

Despite scoring nine goals in 21 Premier League appearances for the Blues, Eto'o's working relationship with Mourinho appeared to become increasingly fractured towards the end of the 2013/14 campaign, resulting in the self-proclaimed Special One being branded a 'fool' by the striker after comments relating to his age.

Everton switch sealed

Having been released by Chelsea at the beginning of July, Eto'o was linked with a whole host of European clubs before finally putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Everton believed to be worth around the £75,000-per-week mark. 

And instead of taking the chance to further criticise Mourinho upon arrival at Goodison Park, Eto'o instead chose to extend his thanks to Mourinho.

"The only thing I have to say about Jose Mourinho is to thank him, the 33-year-old was quoted by The Daily Express.

"It's down to him that I had the opportunity to be accepted and integrated into the Premier League and I want to thank him for that."

The length of the contract would appear to offer the necessary security for Eto'o, along with the chance to work under the affable and popular figure of Roberto Martinez on Merseyside.

Everton - who have opened the 2014/15 campaign with consecutive 2-2 draws against newly-promoted Leicester City and Arsenal - finished fifth in the top-flight last season, and have already shown their ambition to progress further with the impressive summer additions of former loanees Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry as well as the likes of Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic and Christian Atsu.

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Costa hits the ground running

Chelsea supporters are unlikely to be pining for Eto'o in the near future, with July's £32 million acquisition of Diego Costa already paying dividends.

The former Atletico Madrid star has found the net twice so far this season, with club legend Didier Drogba - and to a lesser extent Fernando Torres - on hand to provide adequate cover.

Mourinho could be on the lookout for a new striker prior to Monday's transfer deadline, however, with Spanish flop Torres - along with teammate Marco van Ginkel - having been frequently linked with a move to Serie A and AC Milan in recent days.

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