The Cameroon international says he once loathed the ‘Special One.’
Samuel Eto’o joined Chelsea this summer from Anzhi Makhachkala and made it clear that the striker had only come to the west London club because Jose Mourinho was manager.
Yet it hasn’t always been this way between the Cameroon international and Mourinho and Eto’o admits their relationship was pretty tense when the forward first joined Inter Milan in 2009.
“Before meeting at Inter, we didn’t know each other personally, so our relationship was tense,” the 32-year-old told the Sun.
“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 arrived at the San Siro in a move that saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic swap with the African and transfer to Barcelona.
In the one season the pair spent together Inter won the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League – a feat that had not been achieved since Manchester United’s triumph in 1999.
Mourinho then departed for Real Madrid and Eto’o became the most highly paid player in the world when Anzhi Makhachkala were moved to give the attacker £350,000-a-week wages.
The Cameroonian has had to take a £10m-a-year pay cut to come to Stamford Bridge, but with the African still earning £7m the striker is hardly hard up.
Now Mourinho will be hoping that the new signing can find the form that brought Eto’o so much success at both Barca and Inter and propel the Blues towards silverware this season.
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