Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o has revealed his desire to leave the club and reunite with his former manager at Inter Milan-Jose Mourinho, now manager of Chelsea. Formerly free-spending Anzhi have encountered financial crises and are looking to offload players.
"There is only one Jose Mourinho," Eto'o was quoted saying in Daily Mail. "I have played under a lot of great coaches - but there is no other character in the game like Jose."
Mourinho, with Eto'o leading his strike force, won the treble with Inter in 2010, the first time an Italian club has achieved such a feat. They defeated Roma in the Coppa Italia final and also finished one place above the Rome team in Seria A. In the Champions League, Mourinho masterminded a semi-final victory against Barcelona and a final victory against Bayern Munich.
"He is one of the best coaches in the world - and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan," Eto'o continued. "I would like to have the chance to play under him again, because it is never boring when Jose is around."
When asked spefically of Chelsea, the Cameroon striker was full of praise for the club.
"Of course Chelsea are a great team," he said adding, "and when we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is."
Eto'o has also been the subject of interest from Italy, with Rafael Benitez' Napoli the potential suitors.
"It'd be a dream for him to wear the jersey of a glorious club like Napoli," Eto'o said. "However, so far they have not contacted us."
The 32 year-old will bring a wealth of experience to every team he signs for. Having played for Barcelona, his career included three Champions League winners medals, two with the Catalan club and one with Inter. He was awarded the UEFA club forward of the year in 2006.
With Chelsea's squad considerably low in average age, Eto'o could be just the experienced head Mourinho needs. It seems that the Portuguese manager is searching for a striker after making two bids for Wayne Rooney. It is plausible that the coach may shift his sights to the Anzhi front man.