Samuel Eto’o was brought to Chelsea to reunite with former manager José Mourinho. The two were paired together at Inter Milan where they won the 2010 Champions League title. Their relationship was tense and Eto’o vowed to never play for Chelsea.
At one point Eto’o said he’d ”rather sell groundnuts” in his village than play for a “pathetic team like Chelsea,” while Mourinho was in charge.
From The Sun:
“I was talking about Jose — not about Chelsea,” he said. “Before meeting at Inter, we didn’t know each other personally, so our relationship was tense. 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. It’s a real pleasure to team up with him once more and join a great team. Jose has a real clear idea. He talks straight and it’s really important in this business. He’s sincere and straightforward.
“When it comes to Jose, I can’t pick out only one quality because he’s as good on the pitch as off it and this is rare for a manager. He’s one of the best. He got in touch. I realised there was an opportunity at Chelsea — and things moved very fast.”
It seems like the fences have been mended and Eto’o was clear to point out that his problem was with Mourinho and not Chelsea. Mourinho was the manager at Chelsea from 2004-2007 while Eto’o was winning Champions League Titles with Barcelona.