Eto’o has opened discussions with Besiktas.
The exodus of players at Chelsea appears to have started as Samuel Eto’o opens discussions with Turkish side Besiktas over a summer more, according to the Metro.
The striker signed a one-year deal at Stamford Bridge in 2013 after his former club Anzhi Makhachkala had to cut their wage bill.
Since then Eto’o has shown solid, if unspectacular, form in front of goal with 11 goals in 32 matches in all competitions and manager Jose Mourinho is considering a new offer of his own for the Cameroon international.
However, Mourinho himself may have scuppered the potential for a new deal by publicly criticising the 33-year-old at a sponsors event.
The Portuguese boss was secretly filmed whilst mocking Eto’o and the actual age of the African – which has been debated over the years.
Whilst the forward has not spoken about the incident himself, friends of the ex-Barcelona man says he was annoyed with Mourinho’s comments.
The other factor that may sway the deal in Besiktas’ favour is the fact they will offer Eto’o a two-year contract in order to make the move to Turkey.
It’s unlikely the Blues would match this and it’s more likely that the west Londoners would give another 12-month deal to the attacker, with the possibility of reduced wages as well.
The security of a 24-month contract would be appealing to Eto’o, although the Cameroonian has admitted that he would like to return to Mallorca later in his career.
Either way it seems the player will be leaving the English capital and as a result Mourinho may have to keep one of unwanted duo Demba Ba or Fernando Torres.
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