Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o reportedly turned down a chance to return to Italy this Summer in order to sign a two-year deal with Premier League side Everton.
The 33-year-old was released by Chelsea at the end of the season, after spending just one season there, and after the World Cup, his future was being speculated about until he finally ended all the rumours by penning a deal at Goodison Park earlier this week.
Eto'o was reportedly wanted by several clubs around Europe, but he decided to stay in England to give the Premier League another shot after failing to impress at Stamford Bridge, despite netting a hat-trick against Manchester United.
The striker's brief career at Chelsea ended sourly when he fell out with manager, Jose Mourinho, due to the Portuguese making comments about his age.
The Blues boss was being secretly taped when he commented on the striker's age, saying that he doesn't know if he's telling the truth when he says he's only 33.
Mourinho continued by saying he could be a lot older than what he states, which angered Eto'o who then released a statement revealing his anger at Mourinho's comments. After being released by Chelsea, Eto'o was being monitored by several European sides, and it has been reported that several Italian teams were interested in bringing him back to the Serie A.
Although the teams haven't been revealed, it's believed there were several teams who were interested in signing the 33-year-old, but the striker eventually chose to join Roberto Martinez's Everton.
Eto'o made a big name for himself in Italy with Inter Milan between 2009 and 2011, where he was a crucial part of their treble winning team.
After being announced as an Everton player, Eto'o admitted that clubs in Italy were interested in him, but his plan was to always stay in England.
“I met certain clubs in Italy, who offered me a chance to return to Serie A.
“But at this stage, towards the end of my career, the most important thing was to find a club that would allow me to do what I wanted most, which was to play football and let me share my experience.
“I met Roberto and we had the same passion for football and for how the game should be played, and that’s why I took the decision.”
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