Sampdoria striker Samuel Eto'o was absent for a training session this afternoon, ordered by coach Sinisa Mihajlovic after the team's 5-1 Serie A defeat at Torino.
Mihajlovic had arranged a double training session, one in the morning and afternoon in response to the humiliating defeat, but it's evident that Eto'o did not fancy the additional workout.
Eto'o, who only joined Sampdoria from Everton last week on a free transfer, left the morning session without speaking to the coach and did not return. It is believed he headed back to Milan where his family are based.
It is rumoured that contact between club and player has broken down and Sampdoria are prepared to terminate the former Chelsea and Barcelona striker's contract.
If this happens, Eto'o would not be able to play for another team until the summer having already played for Everton this season and making his Sampdoria debut in the loss at Torino as a 71st minute substitute.
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Does Eto'o have a Sampdoria future?
Sampdoria officials have denied rumours of a bust-up involving Eto'o, insisting that he headed back to Milan for personal reasons.
Mihaklovic is renowned for his demanding approach to management and has helped change Sampdoria's fortunes over the past 15 months.
It remains to be seen if he and Eto'o will be able to patch things up.