Former Inter striker signs for Chelsea
The 32-year-old Cameroonian international was linked with a return to the Milan side, whom he won the Champions League in 2010 before being sold to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, but the Nerazzurri were unable to offer him the same wage packet as the London-based club.
As a result, he put pen to paper on a one-year deal that will see him earn approximately €7 million per season plus bonuses with the 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League winners.
The move will also see him reunite with former coach Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, under whom he won the Treble in 2010 with Inter.
“I am quite excited to be here, but of course I am quite anxious to begin playing as quickly as possible,” Eto’o stated to Chelsea’s official website shortly after his signing.
“[For me], it wasn’t a difficult decision to make. I’m aware of the excellent qualities Chelsea have, and I was quite happy working under Mourinho before [at Inter].
“So, when the opportunity came [to sign], I was very happy to take it.”
Eto’o became the highest paid footballer in the world when he signed with Anzhi in 2011 in a deal that saw him earning over €20 million per season.
However, the club’s main financial backer abruptly pulled the plug on the Dagestan-based outfit, forcing them to have a massive fire sale of many of their key players during this summer’s transfer market.
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