Eto'o reveals 'tense' Mourinho relationship

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New Chelsea signing Samuel Eto'o has spoken of a once strained relationship with boss Jose Mourinho, but insists he is delighted to be playing under the Portuguese again.

The Cameroon international joined the club on a one-year deal after Mourinho failed to secure his number one target Wayne Rooney, and there was some trepidation over the move due to remarks Eto'o once made regarding his new boss.

While at Barcelona, Eto'o had said that he'd "rather sell groundnuts" in a village than play under the 'Special One', although he would go on to change his mind after playing for Mourinho at Inter Milan.

And speaking to The Sun, Eto'o has moved to clear the air with his new club and boss, revealing that his opinion about the man was wrong.

He said: "Before meeting at Inter, we didn't know each other personally, so our relationship was tense. I even said one time that I'd never play for a club where Jose was coach.

"But God knows best. He wanted to show me that I was wrong and today Jose is a friend. Now he's my coach again."

Eto'o's Barcelona had a storied and bitter rivalry during Mourinho's first spell in charge of Chelsea, meeting numerous times in the Champions League. 

The 32-year-old now holds his new manager in a much higher regard than previously, considering him crucial in the switch to West London.

"When it comes to Jose, I can't pick out only one quality because he's as good on the pitch as off it and this is rare for a manager," Eto'o said.

"He's one of the best. He got in touch. I realised there was an opportunity at Chelsea - and things moved very fast."


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