Rijkaard warns Eto'o
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Frank Rijkaard has hinted he is growing tired of Samuel Eto'o's continued demands.Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard has hinted he is growing tired of Samuel Eto'o's continued demands for an improved contract.
The Cameroon hit-man enjoyed an outstanding first season at Camp Nou, with his 24 goals helping to fire Barca to their first domestic title in six years.
However, Eto'o has subsequently made noises about feeling undervalued, like team-mate Victor Valdes, and is a multi-million pound target for Chelsea.
Rijkaard feels the former Real Madrid star is making waves unnecessarily and should be happy and settled at Camp Nou following his spectacular showing last term.
Indeed, he warned he would be prepared to offload any players who placed financial concerns ahead of commitment to the club.
"I'm not quite sure what Samuel is asking for," Rijkaard stated.
"I like for players at Barcelona to feel happy.
"If a player is not happy and another club will pay him more then it's better that he goes."
The African's agent Jose Maria Mesalles has confirmed that Chelsea are indeed on the trail of his client, and claimed Manchester United were also monitoring his situation.
However, Mesalles hinted any differences with Barca would be resolved, and expects Eto'o to stay put this summer.
"Chelsea and Manchester have been interested in Eto'o for many months," he said. "
"I am sure he will stay in Spain, but he would be a success in any league and England is one of the most attractive."
With Chelsea circling, though, Barca are understood to have already started eyeing possible replacements should Eto'o move on, and Sevilla star Julio Baptista is understood to top their list.
The Brazilian star, who has been converted from a midfielder to a striker during his time at Sevilla, has notched fifty goals in his first two seasons in Spain.
That form has not only alerted Barca, but also arch rivals Real Madrid who are keen to have him at the Santiago Bernabeu next term.
The player himself - known as 'The Beast' - admits he is flattered to be linked with Spain's two biggest clubs and concedes it would be hard to turn down either should they come knocking.
"I don't think the fans would like it, but if a team comes along and shows a lot of interest and is willing to spend a lot of money on me, it's something that Sevilla and I must think about because it would be important for me and for the club," he stated.
"I don't have preferences (between Barcelona and Real Madrid).
"If someone comes in for me then I'm sure my agent will choose the best option for me.
"They are two clubs with a lot of history, very big clubs, and if there was anything serious my agent would choose."