Samuel Eto'o admits his relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was once tense
Samuel Eto'o admits his relationship with Jose Mourinho was once tense, but he is now relishing playing under him again.
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Last Updated: 13/09/13 11:16am
Cameroon ace Eto'o has been criticised for comments he made earlier in his career, suggesting he would "rather sell groundnuts" in his village than play for a "pathetic team like Chelsea", while Mourinho was in charge.
The 32-year-old has moved to clear up the comments, revealing he was referring to playing under a Mourinho-led side, not Chelsea, and he acknowledged that, after working with his current boss at Inter Milan, he got it wrong about the Portuguese.
"I was talking about Jose - not about Chelsea," Eto'o told The Sun. "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."