Eto’o admits that his relationship with the Portuguese boss was once frosty…
Chelsea’s new striker Samuel Eto’o has given a candid interview to BBC Sport, in which he claims that his now great relationship with Jose Mourinho used to be tense.
The Cameroonian reunited with Mourinho this summer, after Chelsea snapped him up fro Anzhi Makhachkala after their pursuit of Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year became the highest-paid player in the world when he moved to Anzhi in 2011, but has taken an enormous paycut to join the Premier League contenders.
Eto’o admits though, that at times – Mourinho was his worst enemy.
“I remember a game when we were fighting and we said some terrible things to each other,” Eto’o said.
The 32-year-old appreciates his Chelsea manager’s honesty though, and now claims the pair have a fantastic relationship.
“We both regretted it afterwards. But I like him because he talks through problems, he handles things like a man. Those are qualities I like. Every time I have the chance to work with him, I will seize the opportunity.”
“Jose is more than a coach to me. He is a man who talks the language of truth,” Eto’o added.
The legendary forward will hope to make his debut away to Everton this weekend, aiming to earn the three points that would send the Blues to the top of the table.